Show Low/Pinetop, Arizona – Residents in the Pinetop area recently formed the first-ever chapter of the Arizona Elk Society. Known as the Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter, volunteers feel they can significantly contribute to improved populations of elk and other wildlife as well as partner with the communities to provide quality opportunities to get the public involved in conservation for wildlife. Teaching the youth about conservation, outdoors, hunting and fishing will be an important part of what they do in the local communities.
The Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter plans to hold a banquet this summer to raise funds for their habitat mission. The Banquet has been scheduled for June 28, at the Show Low Elks Club in Show Low.
The chapter is led by newly-elected Chairman Jim Warren, who stated the chapter’s primary goal is to raise funds for elk habitat and promote conservation and continuing the Hunting Heritage. Arizona Elk Society empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how the money raised by the Chapter goes to Habitat and Youth projects in their area.
“Jim and Chris Warren have been involved in conservation of wildlife and youth programs for many years here in Arizona, having them on board to lead this chapter will allow the Arizona Elk Society to do more good work in the White Mountains and get involved in more youth hunting and conservation activities,” said Steve Clark Arizona Elk Society Executive Director. “With his love for the outdoors, vast experience in fundraising and knowledge of habitat needs in the state, Jim will be a great leader for the Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter.”
Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter held its first meeting on Monday, Feb. 3rd at the Arizona Game and Fish office in Pinetop. There, the chapter discussed their upcoming banquet. The Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter is actively looking for volunteers and sponsors to help generate interest in the White Mountain outdoor community.
For over 13 years the Arizona Elk Society has been doing great work in the White Mountains for Elk and other Wildlife. With money raised at their Banquet in Mesa Arizona they have;
- Improved thousands of acres of wildlife habitat creating better habitat with more forage for the elk.
- Funding controlled burns to create better grasses for the herds to sustain them and their young.
- Provided funding for water catchments and dirt tank cleanouts.
- Taking young kids on a weekend camp to teach them about hunting, fishing, outdoor and conservation at Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area every year.
- Holding and funding numerous youth hunting camps to introduce and mentor kids about hunting elk, turkeys, predators and more.
- Represented sportsmen on many issues affecting hunting and access such as Forest Health, Travel Management Restrictions, Mexican Gray Wolf and Elk Management.
- Using their funds to purchase grazing allotments in key wildlife areas to provide more areas for the wildlife with better feeding grounds.
- Held yearly large scale volunteer work projects to improve elk habitat, in partnership with the USFS and AZGFD.
Visit the website at www.arizonaelksociety.org for more organization information.
Steve Clark, Executive Director
Arizona Elk Society
7558 W. Thunderbird Rd. Ste. 1-465, Peoria, AZ. 85381