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Nevada Elk Country, Hunting Heritage Receive $616,000 in Grants

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded $616,505 of grant funding in Nevada to benefit elk habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $143,455 and leveraged an additional $473,050 in partner funding. “One of the biggest negative impacts on elk country in eastern Nevada is the explosion of pinyon and juniper trees that crowd out native, nutritional forage for elk and other wildlife. This grant funding directly addresses …

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Arizona Elk Habitat Gets $1.3 Million Upgrade

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded $1,329,262 of grant funding to support elk habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects in Arizona. RMEF directly granted $232,730 and leveraged an additional $1,096,532 in partner funding. “This grant funding will assist in the fight against junipers and other vegetation encroaching on historic grasslands that provide vital forage for elk and other wildlife,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also helps establish …

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Elk Hoof Disease Research Facility Nears Completion

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Note: photo is from earlier in 2019 If everything proceeds as planned, construction on a facility designed to conduct research on elk hoof disease will wrap up before the end of 2019. The $1.2 million lab is located on the campus of Washington State University. “We’ve got to manage our expectations and recognize that this is a very complex situation. It’s not as though we can just do one experiment and have the answers to …

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RMEF Grants Assist Alaska’s Hunting Heritage

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $96,425 of grant funding to benefit Alaska’s hunting heritage. RMEF directly granted $49,400 and leveraged an additional $47,025 in partner funding. “Hunting and shooting sports are core to the lifestyles of Alaskans. These grants assist with a variety of programs and events ranging from a youth firearm safety camp to a women’s outdoor program to sponsorship of one of the nation’s top rifle programs,” said …

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6,638 Acres of Weyerhaeuser Forest Open to Hunters

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Nearly 7,000 acres of forest land are open to elk, deer, bear and other hunters in Washington thanks to Weyerhaeuser Company enrolling that acreage in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Private Lands Access program. “We are excited that Weyerhaeuser Company has chosen to provide free public hunting access on these parcels,” said Kessina Lee, WDFW Region 5 Director. “This greatly expands portions of their property for hunting opportunities for our southwest Washington …

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North Dakota Elk Habitat, Hunting Heritage Gets Boost from RMEF

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $197,340 of grant funding in North Dakota to benefit habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $38,170 and leveraged an additional $159,170 in partner funding. Seventeen projects benefit Barnes, Bottineau, Burleigh, Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, McLean, Morton, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Stutsman, Towner, Ward, Wells and Williams Counties. “Invasive weeds crowd out native grasses and forbs that are …

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New Trail Opens Hunter, Hiker Access to Crazy Mountains

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thanks to the construction of a new trail, hunters now have access to the west side of Montana’s Crazy Mountains just in time for Montana’s youth hunt and general rifle season. “We appreciate the good work of crews contracted by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in getting this done,” said Blake Henning, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chief conservation officer. “Outdoorsmen and women will now be able to hunt elk and deer in an area that was previously …

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RMEF Tops $1 Million in 2019 Elk Research

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation allocated more than one million dollars in funding to further elk-related scientific research in 2019. Those funds leveraged an additional $6.3 million in funding from other partners. “Our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage would ring rather hollow without the constant infusion of up-to-date scientific research,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. So far in 2019, RMEF provided funding …

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Grants Benefit Elk Habitat, Research in North Carolina

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MISSOULA, Mont.— The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $409,364 of grant funding in North Carolina to further elk-related science and enhance elk habitat. RMEF directly granted $57,124 and leveraged an additional $352,240 in partner funding for the conservation work. “Elk in and around Great Smoky National Park face some unique challenges,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This grant funding will help biologists and researchers gain a better understanding of their …

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RMEF Grants Improve Elk Habitat, Expand Public Access in South Dakota

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and our partners awarded $632,071 of grant funding in South Dakota to benefit elk-related research, habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $118,599 and leveraged an additional $513,472 in partner funding. “There are portions of South Dakota where noxious weeds take a toll on natural vegetation while obtaining water in other locations is a real challenge for elk and other wildlife. This grant funding will greatly …

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RMEF Completes 12,000th Conservation Project

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A recent thinning treatment designed to enhance wildlife habitat in New Mexico marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 12,000th lifetime conservation project. “This milestone is a credit to our volunteers, members, partners and all others who support our mission,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Without them we simply could not do what we do to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.” The project took place …

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Elk Habitat Conserved, Accessible in Wisconsin

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation successfully worked with Jackson County Forestry and Parks to permanently protect 290 acres of prime elk habitat in Wisconsin’s southern elk range. “Every piece of elk country counts and this particular parcel is quality, year-round elk habitat. Not only are its wildlife values now forever protected but it is open to public access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We appreciate …

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RMEF Grants Beef Up New Mexico Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $114,008 in grants to fund 17 conservation and hunting heritage projects in New Mexico. That funding leveraged an additional $343,760 in partner funding put on the ground to benefit elk and other wildlife. “New Mexico is an extremely arid region where water often comes at a premium. That’s why three of our projects focus on improving wildlife water sources,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Our grants …

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RMEF Steps Up to Help Oregon Mule Deer (and Elk Too)

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Crossing a busy stretch of U.S. Highway 97 in central Oregon can be deadly for mule deer, elk and other wildlife. For the sake of wildlife and driver safety, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, several other partners including community members provided funding for the construction of a wildlife undercrossing near Gilchrist. “Mule deer need to move seasonally fall and spring between their winter and summer ranges. And they show a very strong fidelity to those …

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Restoring Elk Country – Removing Structures

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How strong is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation commitment to restoring elk country? So strong that it can move houses—literally. Here are two examples. In the summer of 2019, 11 RMEF volunteers gathered in southeast Washington on the site of a project that permanently protected 58 acres of elk habitat but also improved access to 2,600 acres of adjacent public land for hunters and others to use. The crew racked up 620 hours of …