The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has announced the promotion of 10-year employee Blake Henning to the position of vice president of lands and conservation.

Henning will oversee habitat enhancement projects, grant programs, conservation easements, land acquisitions and transfers to public agencies, stewardship contracting and other programs at the center of RMEF's mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

RMEF has helped to conserve or enhance habitat on over 5.8 million acres. So far in 2010, it has helped to permanently protect over 22,000, and enhance over 16,000, acres.

“It's gratifying to see leaders emerge from within our organization, and we're excited to welcome Blake into his new role. This position is essential to everything that RMEF is about, and Blake has the passion, experience and creativity to help us meet the challenges of conservation today,” said Rod Triepke, RMEF chief operations officer.

Henning replaces Jack Blackwell, who is retiring from the vice president of lands and conservation position but will continue working for RMEF as a part-time fundraiser.

Blackwell said, “I worked closely with Blake and observed up close his accomplishments and drive. I am very supportive and pleased with his promotion.”