Elk Foundation chapter to hold banquet, fund-raiser


By Anthony Garcia

Special to The SUN

If you enjoy a good time and the outdoors, you won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) San Juan Chapter’s 17th annual banquet and fund-raiser.

This year’s banquet is on Saturday, June 1, at the Archuleta County Fair Building. Doors open at 5 p.m. During the social hour, there will be entertainment, including drawings, raffles, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Dinner and a live auction will follow.

RMEF big game banquets are legendary for their high-energy camaraderie. You will see old friends and make new ones, enjoy fine food and drinks, and help RMEF get well on its way to conserving important habitat for elk and other wildlife.

Local banquets provide the majority of RMEF conservation dollars, which RMEF is able to leverage by a 9-to-1 ratio through matching partner funds. These funds make amazing things possible. Since 1984, RMEF has conserved more than 6 million acres of prime elk country, opened more than 650,000 acres of previously off-limits land to public access, helped restore elk to six states, and stood strong for America’s hunting heritage. Since 2006, RMEF, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered in funding approximately 3,896 acres of habitat improvement work by conducting prescribed burns on public lands in Archuleta County. The burns improved forage habitat in winter and transition ranges for elk, improved habitat conditions for other wildlife, and have lessened the risk of high intensity wildfire in some areas.

For more information on other projects in Colorado, please visit RMEF’s website at www.rmef.org.

For tickets and information on the event, contact Michele at (970) 749-7843.