November 18, 2009
‘Outdoor Life’ Honors Elk Foundation Founders
MISSOULA, Mont.—Outdoor Life has named two founders of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to a list of 25 people who’ve had the greatest positive impact on hunting, fishing and conservation.
RMEF icons Bob Munson and Charlie Decker are part of the magazine’s third annual “OL 25” list honoring leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes.
Photos and bios appear in the December/January 2010 edition of Outdoor Life.
Online voting for fan favorites lasts through late December at http://www.outdoorlife.com/.
Outdoor Life Editor-in-Chief Todd Smith said, “When we step into the woods or wade into a clear mountain stream, we rarely stop to think about the many people who have made enjoying that experience possible. Yet there are thousands who devote their time, talents and energies to building this way of life we call hunting and fishing. Most are just ordinary sportsmen who’ve done extraordinary things—and Bob Munson and Charlie Decker are perfect examples.”
In 1984, Munson and Decker led a charge to launch a conservation organization focused on habitat for elk and other wildlife. Now 25 years later, RMEF is one of the nation’s most effective wildlife outfits, having conserved or enhanced more than 5.6.7 million acres and helped restore elk herds to historic range across the country.
RMEF has over 150,000 members in 500 chapters nationwide and a volunteer force that donates countless hours each year to fundraising and on-the-ground conservation efforts.
“We owe it all to Charlie and Bob,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They started this movement, took personal risks and made sacrifices to see it through tough times, and continue to serve on our board. They are the Elk Foundation’s heart and soul.”
Munson works in sales for MunsonWorks, a Lynnwood, Wash., firm specializing in inclined elevators. Decker owns and operates Decker Logging of Libby, Mont.