The sale of a 93,000-acre New Mexico ranch that was gifted to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has created a $30 million endowment for the nonprofit conservation organization that is headquartered in Missoula.
“This is a monumental game-changer for RMEF,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of the Torstenson family, this endowment allows RMEF to expand Bob Torstenson’s passion and vision for wildlife and conservation in ways we could have never imagined.”
The funds came from the sale of the Torstenson Wildlife Center, formerly known as the Double H Ranch, a sprawling 93,403-acre ranch in west-central New Mexico that was gifted to RMEF by Bob Torstenson in 2002.
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"RMEF plans to invest half a million dollars this year alone toward improving elk habitat and supporting hunting heritage projects,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation.
RMEF also maintains a conservation easement on the ranch, which stretches between two mountain ranges — the Datils and the Gallinas — and two portions of the Cibola National Forest.