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ELK FOUNDATION MAKES CONTRIBUTION, SLATES FUND-RAISER

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its third annual fund-raising dinner Friday, one week after the group made another major contribution to Utah's elk herds.

The RMEF dinner will be held at Distinctive Catering, 285 E. 2700 South. Social hour is 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $60 a couple, $40 for a single. Included in the cost is membership to the organization, along with the prime rib dinner. The public is invited.The RMEF is one of the newest and most progressive groups in the U.S. Founded just five years ago, memberships numbers are over 30,000. In Utah alone the RMEF has been directly responsible for over $1 million being spent on elk-related projects.

Last week, Dr. Hugh Hogle, representing the foundation, presented the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources with a check for $50,000. With state and federal matching funds, the total contribution will exceed $400,000.

The money will be used to purchase 2,000 acres of elk habitat in an area known as the Cherry Creek Wildlife Management Area near Richmond in North Cache County.

Dwight Bunnell, chief of game management for the DWR, pointed out that every dollar for the project will be paid by sportsmen, "whether through donations to the foundation, purchasing (hunting) licenses and stamps, or excise tax on sporting equipment."

Bill Christensen, president of the Utah Chapter, the foundation has been directly involved in 12 Utah projects.

For more information on the Friday dinner call Glenn Evans, 466-8066 or 969-4988.