January 29, 2023

RMEF National Convention Celebrates Mission Accomplishment

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk celebrated conservation milestones and mission accomplishment at its just-completed 2017 national convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We felt a tangible surge of energy and excitement from our volunteers, members and partners in attendance,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We will convert that excitement into further expanding our conservation work going forward.”

Among its most recent milestones, RMEF topped 7 million acres protected or enhanced, surpassed one million acres in opened or improved public access and topped 10,000 total conservation projects.

RMEF also officially unveiled its Managed Lands Initiative which seeks to sustain healthy elk herds by carrying out on-the-ground conservation work that enhances elk habitat. It aims to restore or improve an average of 115,000 acres of elk habitat annually with a five-year target of 575,000 acres

The three evening events included RMEF’s popular Volunteer Fun Night that included recognition of top states, chapters and individuals for their efforts to raise funds for elk and elk country. RMEF bestowed its highest conservation honor, the Wallace Pate Award, on its 11,000 volunteers for their passion and dedicated work benefitting elk country.

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris received the Elk Country Lifetime Achievement Award and former West Virginia governor Ray Tomblin received the Conservationist of the Year Award for his leadership in helping to return elk to their native range in the Mountain State.

Conservationist Shane Mahoney, public lands hunter Randy Newberg and wildlife professor Arthur Middleton also gave addresses or presentations.


RMEF National Convention to Offer a Taste of Nashville; Registration Now Open

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2017 National Convention will offer attendees an opportunity to celebrate elk and elk country while also experiencing Nashville and its historic music scene in an intimate way.

“Nashville is a vibrant and energetic city. We are excited to be able to recognize RMEF’s accomplishments of the past year there while also offering our members the opportunity to experience such a unique culture,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

Attendees have the option of adding one of three insider specials to their registration that will give them a taste of Nashville:

Country Music Hall of Fame – Ford Theater
• State-of-the-art theater includes intimate evening of story-telling and music by
Nashville songwriters with a dessert reception to follow

Grand Ole Opry
• Nashville’s number-one attraction and features a live radio show performance by
eight or more performers

Station Inn
• Internationally known as the go-to place for bluegrass, country, rock and roots music
and will host an intimate performance by Nashville musicians

The convention will include other RMEF traditional gatherings such as Volunteer Fun Night. World-class entertainment will be announced at a later date.

Registration, hotel booking and other information is now available for the March 2-4 convention.

Attendees who reserve a room at the host property, Omni Nashville Hotel, and do so in a timely fashion, will receive a free one-day pass to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

The convention’s new format will not include an exhibit hall. Instead, RMEF‘s popular Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo will remain in Las Vegas. It runs in conjunction with Cowboy ChristmasDecember 1-10, 2016, in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

RMEF National Convention sponsors include Cabela’s, Browning and Sitka.