Outdoor Group Gives Boost to Wildlife

Chehalis Chapter: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Annual Event Set for Saturday
By The Chronicle

The 20th annual Chehalis Chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet and Auction is all set for this upcoming Saturday at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in the Blue Pavilion.

Doors open at 4 p.m.. The fundraiser, hosted by the Chehalis Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, helps to pay for elk and wildlife projects. The group is nonprofit, and dedicated to the conservation of elk and wildlife habitat in North America.

“We couldn’t have achieved this success,” said Sandy Yanish, chair of the Chehalis chapter, “without the hard work of the chapter members, the financial support of local businesses, and the folks that come to our celebration every year to share in the fun of the Big Game Auction and Banquet.”

During this year’s banquet, all youth in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in an animal tracking seminar being provided by Chris Chisholm of Wolf Camp.

Along with the usual artwork, outdoor gear and classic rifles, the Chehalis chapter has a few guided trips up for bid this year. These include a seven-day wolf hunt with Kispiox Valley Outfitters in Northwest British Columbia, a five-day Alaskan guided fishing trip on the Talachulitna River with Talvista Lodge, and a bottom fishing trip package for two with Garibaldi Charters, Garibaldi, Ore.

“Our event has always been a family affair,” Yanish said. “We have several ticket packages that make it more practical for the whole family to come along.”

Tickets to the dinner and auction are available by calling Yanish at (360) 740-4302 or Ron Nichols at (360) 736-3169. Catering is by Kit Carson Restaurant.

The evening, along with dinner and live auction, will have a silent auction, raffles and games.

The chapter is inviting volunteers, residents, outdoor folk and area businesses to join them in providing for our wildlife resource heritage.

Closest to our area, the group has spent more than $1.4 million on land protection, habitat enhancement, wildlife stewardship and conservation education at the Mount St. Helens area. This includes more than 19,700 acres of habitat enhancement and 2,980 acres that have been permanently protected.