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Elk Habitat Conserved in Washington’s Lewis River Watershed

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Nearly 4,500 acres of prime wildlife habitat in southwestern Washington are permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to ongoing collaborative efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and PacifiCorp, an electric utility company. The just-completed 1,880-acre acquisition is the third phase of a project that previously protected an additional 2,590 acres of habitat in the upper Lewis River basin north of Swift Reservoir The combined 4,470-acre property was originally in a checkerboard ownership …

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Rock Creek, Washington

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In 2011, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a group of like-minded conservation partners to cap off a four-year effort that permanently protected and opened 10,386 acres to public access. Combined with the surrounding Forest Service land, the overall public ownership acreage jumped to more than 20,000. Located in central Washington state on the eastern flank of the Cascade Mountains you’ll find a sprawling landscape ranging from 2,500 to 6,000 feet in elevation. …

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Colorado Elk Country, Research Gets a Boost

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $213,625 in grant funding to enhance wildlife habitat and assist with elk research in Colorado. The grants benefit 6,481 acres across Delta, Eagle, Fremont, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Las Animas, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Park, Saguache and Teller Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit. “Colorado is home to the most elk in any state,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This funding pays for various treatments …

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A Great Day for Fishing in California

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continued its long-time support of America’s troops and their families by co-sponsoring Fort Hunter Liggett’s 2017 Youth Fishing Derby. More than 230 anglers took part along with more than 600 other family members and friends. In addition to a day of fun by the water, the event also celebrated the month of the military child and the Army Reserve’s birthday while promoting fishing as a family bonding experience. The first …

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Montana Elk Habitat, Research Bolstered by RMEF Grants

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $414,800 in grant funding to assist habitat stewardship, hunting heritage and research projects across Montana. “There are many landscapes in Montana in need of active forest management. These grants will improve overall forest health while enhancing habitat for elk and a wide range of other wildlife species,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Additional funding will assist with research and hunting heritage programs.” Twenty-seven projects benefit 20,743 …

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Small Utah Project Has Big Public Access Dividends

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Sportsmen and women now have permanent access to 3,800 acres of National Forest land in central Utah thanks to a collaborative effort between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Manti-La Sal National Forest, Back Country Horsemen of Utah and Emery County. The project site is located approximately 20 miles west of Huntington and secures permanent public access from a parking area on Highway 31 to the popular Candland trailhead. The area accessed by the trailhead is …

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RMEF Grants Benefit Wyoming Habitat, Research, Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $314,629 in grant funding to assist with elk research, habitat enhancement, permanent land protection and improving public access in Wyoming. The grants benefit 42,586 acres across Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Johnson, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Park, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit. “Critical research will aid wildlife managers in learning more about elk populations, their forage needs …

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Alamocita Creek

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New Mexico is well known for its bone-dry high desert climate…and that can be a major challenge for elk and other wildlife. Yet it is riparian habitat that you find here in the watershed of the Rio Grande River that represents less than one percent of New Mexico’s land cover. It is also here where the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a private landowner and other partners to permanently protect and open to …

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RMEF Grants Benefit Pennsylvania Elk Country, Hunting Heritage

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded nearly $131,000 in funding to assist habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects in the state of Pennsylvania. The total includes $85,000 from the auction of the 2017 Pennsylvania Special Elk Conservation tag, of which 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Pennsylvania Game Commission to benefit Pennsylvania’s elk program, and an additional $45,964 in grant funding. “RMEF has a long history of enhancing elk habitat …

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Tex Creek, Idaho

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation spear-headed four different efforts with conservation-minded landowners, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Bureau of Land Management to add more than 3,200 acres, or approximately 10-percent of the overall acreage, to the Wildlife Management Area. The Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area spans 34,000 acres across the shrub-lands of southeast Idaho. It provides crucial habitat for more than 7,000 elk as well as moose, mule deer, sage and …