Making Conservation History

Making Conservation History: Restoring North American Elk to Virginia

IOGCC.Stewardship LogoRange was awarded the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Chairman’s Stewardship Award for their leadership in the North American Elk restoration project in Virginia. The stewardship award, the IOGCC’s highest honor for exemplary efforts by the oil and natural gas industry, recognizes Range’s leadership role in helping Virginia to restore elk to their native habitat.

Range is proud to have been the first corporate sponsor in the effort to restore North American Elk to their native habitat in southwestern Virginia. The project was a partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and the natural gas industry. 


Over a two-year period, a 42-member herd has been settled, with more to come. “Range Resources led the way among private and corporate organizations to provide critical support in bringing elk back to the state of Virginia,” said Kim DeLozier, Eastern US Conservation Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

“Because of their efforts to partner with the Foundation, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and other notable organizations, Virginia elk are home again. Thank you Range Resources for your help in making conservation history in the great state of Virginia.”

To read about an update to the project, please see: Range Partners with VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries