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Six Conservationists Appointed to Elk Foundation Board


MISSOULA, Mont.—Conservationists from Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Texas and Wisconsin have been appointed to the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, an organization devoted to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

The six new volunteer leaders began their terms during the Elk Foundation’s annual convention, which concluded Feb. 24 in Reno, Nev.

“This class of board members brings experience as well as brand new perspectives, and both are vital to effective leadership. We welcome them to our organization and look forward to their energy and ideas for conservation in elk country,” said David Allen, Elk Foundation president.

New board members, by state, include:

Horace Smith Jr., Daytona Beach, Fla.

Founding Partner, Smith, Hood, Perkins Law Firm; Florida Bar Association Board of Governors, 1986-1993; Volusia County Bar past President; Top Attorneys in Florida; Who’s Who in American Law; Civil League of the Halifax Area; RMEF Habitat Partner, Life Member, Board of Directors, 1994-1999, past Southeast Regional Chair, Chapter Chairman 18 years.

Mary Webster, Wayzata, Minn.

Retired attorney, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll of Denver Colo.; consultant, Legal Research Network of Los Angeles, Calif.; Board Member, Stella-Jones Inc. of Montreal, Quebec; former State Commissioner, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission; transcriber, Minnesota Services for the Blind; Professional Member, Boone and Crockett Club; Lifetime Member, Texas Bighorn Society.

Richard C. “Buck” Marr, Kila, Mont.

Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Advanced Concepts; Board Member, Old Dominion University, College of Engineering and Technology; Board Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Modeling and Simulation (Va.); Board Member, Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center; Board Member, Suffolk (Va.) Mayor’s Business Advisory Council; Board Member, Hampton Roads (Va.) Workforce Development Council; Senior Vice President, Airlift/Tanker Association (military).

Keith Ward, Missoula, Mont.

President, Bob Ward’s Sporting Goods; Member, Boone and Crockett Club; Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation; Director, First Interstate Bank of Missoula; RMEF Board Member 15 years, Board Chairman 1992-93, Life Member.

Fred C. Bryant, Kingsville, Texas

Director, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute; Professor, Range and Wildlife Management, Texas Tech University, 1977-1996; Professional Member, Boone and Crockett Club; past President, International Society for Range Management, 1995; RMEF Board Member, 1991-1997.

Lee Swanson, Cross Plains, Wis.

Chairman & CEO, State Bank of Cross Plains, Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee, Audit Committee; President, S.B.C.P Bancorp Holding Company; Trustee, Cornell College of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Advancement Committee Member; Director, Madison Gas & Electric Co., Chair, Audit Committee; Director, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago; hunter safety instructor; RMEF Life Member, Habitat Partner.

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Missoula, Mont., the nonprofit Elk Foundation and its partners have permanently protected or enhanced over 5.2 million acres, a land area larger than Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia combined. More than 500,000 acres previously closed to public access are now open for hunting, fishing and other recreation. The Elk Foundation has more than 150,000 members, a staff of 150 and 10,000 active volunteers.

To help protect wild elk country or learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit or call 800-CALL-ELK.

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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