CALIFORNIA—An $8,000 RMEF State Grant and help from coaches and Sacramento Chapter volunteers Gary Lewis (front row, 2nd from left) and Kim Lewis (3rd from left) led the 2008-09 Woodcreek High School (WHS) Trap Team to a state championship. WHS was the first California high school to officially field a trap shooting team. The State Grant helped offset program expenses for the 2008-09 season and the state championship. The number of participants grew to more than 30 shooters at the regular season tournaments, including seven new members who had never fired a shotgun before. The highlight of the season was a winning performance at the Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship. WHS was one of the largest teams at the shoot, fielding 27 athletes. The Varsity squad shot a team record of 972 out of 1,000, which placed them second in the state among all active clubs, and earned the State Championship in the High School Division. The championship banner is the first in the history of WHS in any sport. Alexandria Bersig (second row, 4th from right), WHS Trap Team co-president, is also a Sacramento Chapter committee member.
IDAHO—Six hardworking volunteers, fabulous weather and a magnificent chunk of elk country combined for the perfect late-May day to battle noxious weeds on RMEF’s Gooseberry Conservation Easement near Garden Valley. The crew used ATVs to spray rush skeletonweed along 9 miles of old logging roads with herbicide that was provided by the County Weed District. Nearly 200 elk winter on the property. Pictured left to right are: Mike Wilson, Kirk Rosin and Josh Rosin, Mountain Home Chapter; Pat Callahan, Treasure Valley Chapter; regional chair Dennis Radocha and Idaho state volunteer coordinator Gary Moore.
WYOMING—Seven-year-old Rachel Morey and a dozen other RMEF volunteers from the Buffalo and Sheridan Chapters—who dubbed themselves the “Lop 'em and Leave 'em Team”—joined forces with staff, U.S. Forest Service and grazing permittees this summer to remove small evergreens from 25 acres of meadows in the Willow Park Reservoir area west of Story. Keeping the meadow free of evergreens will increase forage production and help spread out elk, deer and cattle grazing, leaving more forage for wildlife later in the year.