May 28, 2020

RMEF Surpasses 10,000 Conservation Projects

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—An ongoing aspen restoration effort in Oregon’s South Warner Mountains marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 10,000th lifetime conservation project.

“This is an incredible conservation milestone,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It speaks volumes to the positive, beneficial impact the RMEF has on elk and elk country from coast to coast.”

Earlier this year, RMEF contributed $30,000 in grant funding to the Fremont-Winema National Forest as part of the seventh and final year of landscape aspen treatment in south-central Oregon where elk numbers are below objective. RMEF funded similar efforts in 2014 and 2015 to conserve and restore aspen stands and meadows in the same region. Also in 2016, RMEF awarded $20,000 in grant funding to begin a similar landscape-scale effort in the North Warner Mountains.

RMEF’s first habitat stewardship project was a 1986 prescribed burn in a place fittingly named Elk Creek on the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana. The backcountry burn encompassed more than 1,000 acres of prime elk habitat where shrubs had become overgrown or decadent.

“We are grateful to our many partners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us in making meaningful conservation work a reality. We vow to accelerate our conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” added Allen.

To date, RMEF completed 10,198 lifetime conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in 49 states that permanently protected or enhanced 6,883,479 acres of vital elk habitat.


Elk Country Conservation Month Comes to Bass Pro Shops

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Beginning August 1st, Bass Pro Shops will show its support for elk, elk habitat and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for the tenth consecutive year by sponsoring Elk Country Conservation Month.

“We are grateful for and appreciate the continued support of a company that is such a dedicated conservation partner,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Bass Pro Shops continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to fish and wildlife conservation, our hunting heritage and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation through this promotion and their matching gift.”

During the month of August, in-store patrons who visit Bass Pro Shops across the United States can “round up for elk country,” or, in other words, round up their purchases to support RMEF’s mission.

“We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its great mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the month of August.”

Since 1984, RMEF and its partners have completed 10,198 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects with a combined value of more than $1 billion. These projects protected or enhanced more than 6.8 million acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 911,000 acres.


Fight Real Second Amendment Protection – Don’t Be Fooled by Political Nonsense

*Editor’s Note* – Everyone who feels the need should contribute to ways to protect our fish and wildlife and the Second Amendment, even though there exists very few individuals and organizations who are real Second Amendment supporters (always willing to compromise with “reasonable” restrictions.), nor understand fish and wildlife management.

However, the excerpt shown below is ignorant idealism. The idea here is that each time someone buys a gun, one dollar is going to go toward protecting our fish and wildlife (and along with it the Second Amendment). The idiocy here in stating that each of us can contribute a dollar and match or exceed Michael Bloomberg’s millions, isn’t about matching dollars. It’s about who really wields power and who doesn’t. You and I, regardless of how many dollars we donate, will never stop the will of the connected insiders, the power brokers and the Global Power Structure. It can only slow it down and I think it is important to slow it down as much as we can. But don’t make it you savior. We don’t control anything nor can we.

I remind readers once again of Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and [b]blood, but against[c]principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness,which are in the high places.”

Michael Bloomberg is a “connected insider.” He wields power and is backed by power and corruption.

Yes, Mr. Bloomberg has millions of dollars to spend -and that buys a lot of influence in Washington. But each of those singles represents something that- if exercised- is far more powerful than money. Each dollar contributed represents a voter- and, despite his billions, Mike Bloomberg’s vote means not one iota more than that new gun owner’s vote.

Source: Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking and More : The Outdoor Wire


Conservation Biology II

By James Beers

More on the Term “Conservation Biology”

Two days ago I wrote an article titled “The Etymology of ‘Conservation Biology’”.  The transmittal e-mail was titled “Word Games”.  In that article I attempted to explain the origin of the term “Conservation Biology” 100 years ago as a description of the American effort to describe practical fish and wildlife research and management to be used to guide federal and state government programs to conserve and manage fish and wildlife resources of the United States.

I explained in the article that the reason the term was important was that the inevitable advent of laws and property set-asides were to be justified and explained as the result of “scientific” facts obtained from “biological research” conducted in wild places on wild animals.

Further, I described how the modifier, “Conservation” was meant to describe a particular branch or mode of biology that attended specifically to the management of fish and wildlife resources amidst the Constitutional government, capitalism, and life styles of the USA.

Finally, I described how, until the emergence of the environmental/animal rights takeover of federal and state wildlife agencies in the 1960’s, “Conservation” was synonymous with the proactive management of a diversity of fish and wildlife to (among other things):

–       Maintain sustainable levels of sport fish and wild game to generate license revenue to fund wildlife programs of all sorts,

–       Cooperate with businesses, Local communities and Local governments to provide compatible fish and wildlife populations,

–       Minimize wildlife depredations, damage and threats to citizens,

–       Manage ALL fish and wildlife and their habitats on government lands for societal benefit,

–       Influence, as requested, the presence of fish and wildlife on private lands and the continued availability of fish and wildlife throughout the state and the nation.

The foregoing was accomplished for about 60 years (1900-1960’s) to the great satisfaction and benefit of the citizenry. Yet, when the environmental/animal rights interest groups emerged to condemn “Conservation Biology”, a term they found synonymous with hunting (i.e. “killing animals”), trapping (i.e. “wearing skins), logging (cutting trees) and grazing (“raping the land”); the term fell into disrepute and was dropped from the lexicons of US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and, finally, the State wildlife agencies whose new employees and political bosses were establishing a “New Age” of “ecosystem/native/benign/oligarchy autocracy” of managing people and human rights for the supposed purposes of the animals themselves.

A reader has recently informed me of their umbrage at me being so cavalier as to say that “Conservation” was a term used to describe wildlife management only for people, or that it was a term used 100 years ago to describe wildlife programs that differ from today.  The reader is mistaken.

1.) Anyone with the interest should review the writings and speeches of Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Gifford Pinchot and even the semi-poetry of John Muir and John Burroughs.  The word “Conservation” is as common as desert flowers after a rain.  Indeed, on the flyleaf of my copy of Aldo Leopold’s nature classic, A Sand County Almanac appears the following, “He died in 1948 while fighting a brush fire on his neighbor’s farm. His death cut short an assignment as an adviser on conservation to the United Nation.

2.) It is not far-fetched to say that the term fell into disrepute with the advent of the current wildlife philosophy ruling government and our Universities that the killing of wildlife is wrong, the use of wildlife is wrong, the management of wildlife is wrong, and human conflicts with wildlife from death and injuries to loss of property and rights should always be decided in favor of wildlife and the human element in the equation be eliminated as a last resort.

3.) From the 1930’s to the 1960’s most state wildlife agencies adopted names as “Conservation Departments” or “Fish and Game Departments”.  At the same time many state wildlife agencies changed the title of their “Game Wardens” to Conservation Officers.  Both names denoted organizational and personal titling to suggest the origin of the applied science of “Conservation Biology”.  This was the period so despised by environmental/animal rights ideologues: it was the period of big game management and restoration or[of] deer and elk and moose.  It was the period of introduction of chukars and the proliferation of introduced game species like brown trout and pheasants.  It was the period of stocking striped bass in the West, and rainbow trout below dams, and muskies in Southern waters, and salmon in the Great Lakes – all for sport and human enjoyment and enrichment.  In short it was everything the new philosophy detested and the new employees hated.  As they gained control from the 1960’s on, is it any wonder that the term “Conservation Biology” and the word “Conservation” was rejected and ignored?

4.) Finally, I consulted my complete 1960’s-era collection of state (and Provincial) Wildlife Uniform Shoulder Patches.  In 1960, 21 states still either called themselves “Conservation” Departments or had the word “Conservation” in their title, or called their Game Wardens – “Conservation” Officers.

5.) Today, in our politically correct world of Orwellian terms where “war is peace” the wildlife rulers are no different than their education peers or their global warming “scientists.”  Words matter and we need look no farther than that state leader of idiocy, California.  The state that bans any management of cougars and ignores human dangers and property destruction from coyotes and wolves, has removed any vestige of the old “Conservation Biology”/managing wild animals for state residents crowd.  As a final touch, I offer the following news item:

“Call them words of war between hunters and wildlife activists: Starting Jan. 1, California’s Department of Fish and Game will become Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The change, hunters say, reflects a move away from traditional hunting and fishing values and is part of a bigger push by the Humane Society of the United States to eliminate hunting across the nation.

Environmentalists and animal activists say it reflects a move to manage all wildlife in the state, not just “game” for hunters.

California’s change will leave just 12 states using “game” in the name of the agency overseeing wildlife, according to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. (Those are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming.)

Eighteen states use “wildlife,” while the others use “natural resources” or “conservation.”

Moreover, data from the association and the National Conference of State Legislatures indicates the shift away from “game” is accelerating, the Associated Press reported.”

What’s in a word?  The question arose because those affected by growing federal abuse using wildlife “needs” as an excuse have seen “Conservation Biology” cropping up in news items, Federal Register Notices, government-generated “reports and papers”, and even in court transcripts.

To repeat what I said in the earlier article:

–       There is an election coming up and the feds want to set minds at ease and quell any negative news about what they are doing.  It is all “Conservation Biology” don’t you know?

–       They are keeping the great unwashed (that’s you Mr.  & Mrs. Rural America) off balance. The more they baffle you and the courts, the more you think them good guys just like grandpa’s old Conservation Department and all those legendary Conservation Officers he used to talk about.  The more you stay docile and forego challenging them; the deeper their hold on you.

–       Remember it is their game and their rules and your money paying for it.

We have been like Austrians during the March 1938 Anschluss; welcoming the Nazis in to take over their country without firing a shot.  The Austrians threw flowers in the street and cheered as the Nazis absorbed them into their foul nest; just like the environmentalists and animal rights bureaucrats are taking over rural America, one community at a time and often in league with compliant state governments.  Whether we think of it as a “Fatherland” or as a bygone world where “conservation” was a good word; it is only a diversion and lie by those that represent nothing good for us or our descendants.

Jim Beers

24 February

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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USDA gives grant for fish, wildlife conservation in western Maine mountains

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $4.6 million in support of conservation efforts in the vast western mountains of Maine.

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation who announced the funding say the money will assist private landowners in improving fish and wildlife habitats between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Moosehead Lake.

Source: USDA gives grant for fish, wildlife conservation in western Maine mountains – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram


Access Elk Country Taking Longer Strides Thanks to RMEF Supporters

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation opened or secured public access to nearly 76,000 acres of elk habitat in 2015.

“Creating, maintaining and securing access to elk country is core to our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation.

In 2015, RMEF carried out 17 land projects in eight different states that permanently protected 12,249 acres of elk habitat and opened or secured access to 75,922 acres, or approximately 119 square miles.

RMEF’s Access Elk Country Initiative calls for accelerated efforts to find common-sense solutions to local access challenges. Its goal is to open or secure access to 50,000 acres of public lands every year for the next five years for a total of 250,000 acres of elk country open to hunters and others to enjoy.

“A lack of access to huntable land is the number-one reason why some people don’t hunt. And since hunters provide the lion’s share of funding for land and wildlife conservation, it is vital that we ramp up our access efforts,” added Henning.

Access Elk Country charter sponsors include Sitka, Kimber, Bushnell, ALPS OutdoorZ, Yeti, Yamaha and Gerber.

“We consider these groups conservation partners because of both their financial backing and their shared support of our mission,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are also extremely appreciative of our members and volunteers for their support and dedication.”

Since 1984, RMEF opened or secured access to 852,628 acres of elk country across 21 states.


Crucial Wildlife, Riparian Habitat Conserved in Washington

Press Release from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation successfully collaborated with Merrill Lake Properties LLC and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to permanently protect and open access to 297 acres of riparian habitat in southwest Washington.

The property sits at the foot of Mount St. Helens and includes Merrill Lake’s northern shoreline. RMEF and partners placed the acreage in the public’s hands with WDFW carrying out its management.

“We are grateful to a landowner that understands and appreciates the conservation value of this area,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “Merrill Lake Properties LLC could have easily offered up these waterfront properties to the highest bidder on the open market which could have led to development, a lack of access and adverse impacts on the fishery and wildlife.”

Merrill Lake formed when prehistoric lava flows from Mount St. Helens blocked nearby streams. The property provides winter range and year-round habitat for elk, black-tailed deer, black bears, cougars, salmon and steelhead. It also features both old growth tree stands, which survived previous volcanic blasts, as well as early seral forest growth.

“This Merrill Lake acquisition is the start of a purchase plan that provides a major benefit for public access and for protecting habitat for several animal species, including winter range for elk. It would not have been possible without our strong partnership with the RMEF. We plan to keep working together to secure the money to purchase the remainder of the property” said Guy Norman, WDFW Region 5 director.

Funding for the first phase of this project came from a nearly $2 million grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. Work continues to acquire funding to complete the purchase of the remaining 1,150 acres of the property.


RMEF Launches #HuntingIsConservation Social Media Campaign

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is launching an in-depth, extensive social media campaign at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) that highlights how Hunting Is Conservation.

“Hunters play the primary role in contributing to North America’s wildlife, habitat and resource conservation,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We have more than 2.3 million people who currently follow or have visited our social media platforms. The goal of this campaign is to reach out well beyond those numbers to hunters and non-hunters alike in order to educate, inform and reinforce how hunters and hunting drive and fund conservation efforts across the United States.”

RMEF will use research provided by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Responsive Management, Southwick Associates and other sources including RMEF’s 25 Reasons Why Hunting Is Conservation.

The weekly offerings will include national statistics and trends that highlight how hunting funds federal and state wildlife agencies which manage our wildlife resources. A state-by-state breakdown will also show how hunting is a major economic driver from coast to coast.

Posts will take place every Monday (except holidays) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The campaign will include infographics, videos, blog posts, photos, links from media outlets, current and historical content from Bugle magazine and other information.

“Hunters and the hunting industry should be proud of the leading role they play in supporting conservation. We encourage all sportsmen and women, our sister conservation organizations and members of the outdoor industry to share this content across their various social media channels. We believe the viral nature of this campaign can make a real and tangible difference in offering credible information about how Hunting Is Conservation,” added Decker.

Campaign charter sponsors include Cabela’s, Federal Premium Ammunition, Leupold, Realtree and Yeti Coolers. RMEF welcomes all others as well as sportsmen and women to join the effort by sharing the #HuntingIsConservation posts.

Find the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at SHOT Show booth #10125.


If We Evolved From Monkeys, Why Are Some Dumber Than a Monkey?

Everyone has a right to an opinion. With that opinion there is no guarantee that it will even be intelligent. Such is the case of a full-blown moron who writes about what he believes is the Myth of Hunting Conservation. It really doesn’t get any more stupid than the utter nonsense written. The Bangor Daily News, considering that this article is published on one of their own blog sites, should consider publishing a disclaimer that they are not responsible for contributing writers being so ignorant of subjects they choose to write about.



Colorado Habitat Benefits from RMEF Grant Funding

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $275,112 in grants for 30 projects to enhance wildlife habitat, assist with elk-related research and help fund hunting heritage activities across Colorado.

The grants will directly benefit 13,071 acres in Chaffee, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jackson, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Moffat, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Saguache and Teller Counties.

“The overriding factor paving the way for Colorado to boast having some of the largest elk herds in North America is habitat,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “These grants will further enhance key wildlife habitat by providing funding for forest thinning, prescribed burns, noxious weed treatments and other projects to better stimulate growth for elk forage.”

Allen thanked RMEF volunteers and members in Colorado who raised the grant funding for the on-the-ground projects in their backyard by carrying out a variety of activities including banquets and membership drives.

Since 1987, RMEF and its partners have completed 663 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $159.3 million. These projects have protected or enhanced 422,662 acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 103,598 acres.

Below is a sampling of Colorado’s 2015 projects, listed by county:

Garfield County—Perform shrub mastication on 800 acres, prescribed burning on 2,000 acres, and herbicide application on 200 acres as part of a multi-year project to improve wildlife habitat on approximately 6,000 acres across the south side of the Rifle Ranger District on the White River National Forest (also benefits Mesa County).

Grand County—Provide funding for a study to document and assess movements of elk within the Troublesome and Williams Fork herds near Middle Park, Colorado, on state, Arapaho National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park lands to assist wildlife managers with management decisions.

Jackson County—Thin 462 acres of lodgepole pine in elk summer and transitional range on the Routt National Forest to stimulate the growth of forbs, grasses and shrubs.

Las Animas County—Place solar pumps on former windmill-generated water sources to provide water for wildlife where it is presently intermittent or unavailable near sites that previously received habitat enhancement treatment to assist with elk distribution on the Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area.

Mesa County—Provide funding for Base Camp 40, an organization dedicated to taking military veterans on memorable hunts, which will host seven veterans on a private land cow elk hunt near Glade Park, Colorado.

Go here to see a full listing of RMEF’s 2015 projects in Colorado.

Partners for the Colorado projects include Arapaho-Roosevelt, Grand Mesa, Gunnison, Medicine Bow-Routt, Pike, Rio Grande, San Isabel, Uncompahgre and White River National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and other government, university, civic and sportsmen groups and organizations.

Join the RMEF Meeting of the Members on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. MST viawebinar or in person at RMEF headquarters in Missoula, Mont. Please email any questions you may have for RMEF leadership to