March 30, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Wayne Heaton of Seeley Lake was honored recently by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for his efforts to help preserve the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area.
Heaton was presented with the Chairman's Award at the Elk Foundation's 16th annual International Elk Camp and Exposition in Denver last month. The award was established in 1998 to recognize individuals whose contributions of time and energy are an inspiration to the foundation's staff and volunteers. The award is given annually to one recipient in each of the foundation's seven field regions and one in Canada.
Heaton has played a vital role in fund-raising for the multi-partner Blackfoot-Clearwater Projection, according to Kirk Murphy, field director for the foundation. The project is aimed at purchasing private land holdings within the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area (Game Range) in the Seeley Lake area, and to preserve them for wildlife habitat.
The Elk Foundation, based in Missoula, has 111,000 members who have helped generate funds to conserve and enhance three million acres of wildlife habitat across North America.