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MISSOULA, Mont.–Conserving elk country is an increasingly urgent and costly mission, but the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is positioning for the future with two new major gifts officers: Dave Kelner of Laveen, Ariz., and Dale Miller of Napolean, Mo.

Each has been promoted from other positions within the organization.

Working in their respective regions, both are now responsible for developing donors as well as gift strategies that maximize benefits for both donor and Elk Foundation.

“The future of elk country is filled with challenges, which creates opportunities for people to make a difference,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Elk Foundation. “We will continue to rely on strong support from our members and event attendees. But conservation will also depend on major gifts from corporations, families and individuals whose passion can become a legacy for wildlife and wild places.”

RMEF’s habitat conservation and stewardship efforts recently topped 5.4 million acres.

Allen added, “I’m pleased to welcome Dave and Dale to their new positions which are so vital to continuing success in elk country.”

Major gifts officers, by division:

Western Division: Dave Kelner has been with RMEF since 2000. He began as the New York/New England regional director and has served in a number of roles both in the field as well as at headquarters. Previously, Kelner volunteered for RMEF and served as a district chair. Contact him at 602-237-8583 or dkelner@rmef.org.

Central Division: Dale Miller started with RMEF in 2000, originally hired as a regional director in Missouri before moving up to a position as director of field operations. Before that, Miller volunteered for RMEF and was Missouri’s western district chairman. Contact him at 816-240-2846 or dmiller@rmef.org.

The Elk Foundation is currently evaluating candidates for a third major gifts officer to serve the organization’s eastern division.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has already conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.4 million acres–a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Most work occurs on public lands. More than 561,000 acres have been opened or secured for public access including hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.