The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation laid off 15 employees late last week, and has opted not to fill eight more vacant positions.
It’s the third time since 2001 the foundation has laid off part of its Missoula work force. The first time, 33 jobs were affected; the second time, four.
Interim president and CEO Walker S. “Buddy” Smith Jr. said Thursday the latest cutbacks were part of a “realignment,” and will help the RMEF “balance our mission with the reality of the marketplace.”
I have a tremendous amount of faith in Buddy Smith and the board of directors at the RMEF and it sounds like they are having a bit of a struggle to keep money flowing in to the RMEF. It also sounds like we are getting more and more land protected. We are going to have to work extra hard in the coming years to get more members and greater numbers of corporate partners and corporate grants to continue the good work that needs doing.
Lands like Plum Creek timber holdings are not going to sit around forever waiting for the money to roll in, we are going to have to get out there and bang on some doors and get it done!!!