Jeremy Holder, a Sharpsburg resident, addressed the Outdoor Sports Program Youth archery clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 9, about the great work and achievements of the national Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF).
The RMEF recently awarded a $1,000 grant to the Outdoor Sports Program for its youth and women's shooting events.
During his presentation, Holder gave attendees hunter orange safety vests, RMEF antlers, membership information on the foundation and copies of The Bugle, the official RMEF magazine.
The RMEF has conserved more than 4 million acres of elk land since 1984. Elk once roamed most of the continental United States, but needing miles of habitat to range naturally, the elk has been displaced by rural development.
With the RMEF at the forefront and supported by many states' natural resource agencies, elk herds are successfully maintained and have even reintroduced where valuable habitat exists. Pennsylvania has established elk herds through conservation efforts and recently returned elk to a restricted hunting season.