Local Elk Foundation chapter to host annual banquet
by Jason Lowrey
Sep 04, 2014 | 715 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To further its mission of conservation and protection of elk, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its fourth annual fundraiser banquet Saturday.

Scheduled to open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the banquet will have drawings, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are priced at $30.

Michael Wright, who is the east regional volunteer chair for the organization, said the Cartersville chapter has seen steady attendance at its banquet. Of the money raised, he said, more than 90 cents out of every dollar goes back to work on the ground. Though elk are not a native species to Georgia, Wright said RMEF was working to change that.

“The biggest thing, since we don’t have elk here in Georgia and we’re ... working hard toward that way. Unfortunately, right now elk in Georgia are considered a non-native species and they are to be shot on sight,” he said.

Among the work RMEF is doing in Georgia, Wright continued, is talking to the Department of Natural Resources to change the non-native species designation and have them considered a managed game species.

“Monies raised here, some of it goes back to Missoula, Mont., where our headquarters [are] for overall mission work in terms of country-wide mission work. The rest of the money comes back for local projects. Now we do the National Archery in the School Program. ... We’ve done, I think for this year, the Jones County Shooting Sports Team,” Wright said.

The Cartersville chapter has also worked to educate the public on firearm safety and supported area shooting teams, Wright added.

Nationally, according to the RMEF’s Mission Dashboard, the organization has protected or enhanced 6,473,344 acres of land since 1984. From January to June this year, the organization has committed $2,056,998 to projects across the nation.

“I’d say the most important thing about the Elk Foundation is we’re fighting a critical battle for habitat preservation, and if folks want wild places with wild things, they need to come out and support organizations like ours,” Wright said.

Those interested in attending are asked to make reservations, though a limited amount of seats will be available for walk-up. To make a reservation, call 770-213-3097.