MISSOULA, Mont.–Conservation education projects in nine counties in Maryland and one county in Delaware have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.
The new RMEF funding for Maryland, totaling $7,315 will affect Allegany, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Garrett, Harford, Montgomery and Wicomico counties. An additional project has statewide interest.
In Delaware, $2,035 has been allocated for two projects in Kent County.
“Wild elk don’t occur in either state, but the species continues to inspire conservation and education successes both at home and all across elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “These grants wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers, most of whom are hunters as well as conservationists, who work hard staging banquets and fundraisers in Maryland and Delaware.”
RMEF’s lead volunteer for both states, State Chair Steve Bird of Conowingo, Md., said, “There may not be any elk in Maryland or Delaware, but there are thousands of people who are passionate about ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, and their habitat!”
RMEF grants will help fund the following Maryland projects, listed by county:
Allegany County–Provide sponsorship for the Maryland 2010 Junior Hunter Field Day to engage students in outdoor recreation and conservation (also affects Wicomico, Charles and Garrett counties).
Baltimore County–Provide sponsorship for 2010 Upper Bay Greenwing Youth Event to introduce students to outdoor recreation and conservation.
Caroline County–Provide sponsorship for the Maryland 2010 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor to show the fun, discovery and conservation benefits of traditional outdoor sports.
Cecil County–Provide sponsorship for the Northern Chesapeake Sportsmen for Kids 2010 Field Day to introduce students to outdoor recreation and conservation; and sponsor the American Legion Mason Dixon Post 194 Shooting Team to provide young people with safe opportunities to shoot competitively.
Charles County–Provide sponsorship for the Patuxent Sportsmen for Kids 2010 Youth Field Day to introduce students to outdoor recreation and resource conservation.
Garrett County–Provide sponsorship for the Maryland High School 2010 Natural Resources Career Conference to provide students with information and hands-on experience relative to a professional career in conservation.
Harford County–Provide sponsorship for the Mason-Dixon Outfitters 2010 Youth Hunt Day to introduce young people to safe hunting, shooting and conservation.
Montgomery County–Provide sponsorship for the Maryland 2010 National Hunting and Fishing Day, a family event to show the fun, discovery and conservation benefits of traditional outdoor sports.
Statewide–Provide 2010 sponsorship for the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, which monitors legislative issues on behalf of hunters, anglers and recreational shooters.
Delaware projects include:
Kent County–Provide funding for public education tours at the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Center and DuPont Nature Center; provide sponsorship for wetland restoration tours at the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area.
Conservation education and hunting heritage projects are selected for RMEF grants by a committee of RMEF staff and volunteers.
Partners for 2010 projects in Maryland and Delaware include the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, many local sportsmen associations and gun clubs, other organizations, corporations, schools and landowners.