RENO, Nev.—Bill Stevens, the now-retired but always-tireless conservation programs manager for Federal Cartridge Co., has received Conservationist of the Year honors from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Stevens, of Fridley, Minn., was honored during the 26th annual RMEF convention, which concluded March 7 in Reno, Nev.
“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes individuals who we believe have made a difference for wildlife on a national scale— people who are making the world a better place for future generations—and Bill Stevens is certainly deserving of such recognition,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
A summary of Stevens’ career contributions to conservation and other causes:
- · Minnesota native who grew up hunting and fishing
- · Earned a degree in fisheries and wildlife management
- · Joined the U.S. Army in 1962 and managed 200,000 acres of habitat at Fort Hood, Texas
- · After the Army, went home to Minnesota to oversee a ruffed grouse research project
- · Joined staff of Federal Cartridge Co. in 1965
- · In 1976, spearheaded launch of the 4-H Shooting Sports program, which is now introduces more than
- 300,000 students in 46 states to shooting sports annually
- · In 1991, enlisted Federal as a major RMEF partner, sponsor and supporter. Today, Federal has
- contributed over $600,000 for conservation projects in elk country.
- · After 42 years, retired from Federal in 2007 but continues to support RMEF and many other worthy
- conservation groups and causes.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.7 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.