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Turning a Gold Mine into Golden Habitat

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549 acres and 3 billion gallons protected and secured Almost 30 years ago, RMEF played a pivotal role in forever protecting Dome Mountain, indispensable winter range for the Northern Yellowstone elk herd. In the dark days of the early 1900s when fewer than 50,000 elk remained in North America, animals from this herd literally restored wild elk across the continent. Last August the herd received crucial insurance for its future when RMEF joined forces with …

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RMEF, Partners Take Action, Protect Popular Recreation Area, Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A 120-acre tract of wildlife and riparian habitat in western Montana, under threat of development, is now permanently protected and open to public access thanks to timely collaborative work by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners. “This project is a big win for a multitude of reasons,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s a win for elk and other wildlife. It’s a win for multiple-use and it’s a win for …

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RMEF Helps Introduce Maine Kids to the Outdoors

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined several other partners in helping to introduce eight boys and girls in Maine to a wide range of outdoor skills. It happened at the fourth annual North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunger Program camp. Each camper spent the three-day weekend matched up with a mentor and a trained bird dog. Activities included gun safety, clay shooting, duck calling, fire building compass reading and learning about conservation. Go here …

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Tucannon Washington Public Access Project

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The numbers don’t lie. A Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation project in the southeast corner of Washington is a big benefit for wildlife and those seeking better public access to wild places. The 58-acre acquisition not only permanently protects that sliver of wildlife habitat but it improves access to 2,600 acres of adjacent public land for hunters, hikers and others to use and enjoy. The property slices through and is surrounded on three sides by the …

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Utah Volunteers Give Elk, Other Critters a Drink

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They gathered as a small army of 60-strong in the mountains of central Utah. Representing six different Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapters, they rolled up their sleeves to build two wildlife water guzzlers on the Fishlake National Forest. The volunteers participated in the Utah Rendezvous, an annual gathering of RMEF members to celebrate elk, elk country, hunting and conservation. The highlight was a hands-on project to provide two water sources. Before the project, elk and …

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Sporting Clays Squad Shines in Pennsylvania

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awards grant funding to scores of organizations every year to assist them in their efforts and to help ensure the future of our hunting heritage. One of those groups, the Greene County Scholastic Clay Target Program team, took full advantage by racking up 34 awards during the recent state meet in Pennsylvania. According to the Observer-Reporter, more than 225 young shooters from across the state competed. Team members won four …

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RMEF Gathers with Conservation Leaders in Washington DC

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently took part in the first meeting of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC) in Washington DC. RMEF Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning (third from left in photo) was appointed to the 18-member council that also includes 11 alternate members earlier in 2018. The HSSCC is a federal advisory council that reports directly to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture providing recommendations for policies and regulations benefitting the …

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Noxious Weed Treatment Enhances Wildlife Habitat

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Montana’s Elkhorn Mountains are known to feature some of the best elk habitat in Big Sky Country. And that habitat is getting a boost thanks to work funded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. According to the Independent Record, the Helena-Lewis and Clark is teaming up with the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office and Broadwater County Weed District to carry out noxious weed treatment about seven miles northwest of Townsend. The purpose is …

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Wilson Park Public Access Project

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Uninterrupted swaths of the back country free of development allow elk and other wildlife the ability to freely seek forage and cross the landscape. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a family that appreciates the wildlife values of its land by purchasing the 262-acre tract in the Little Belt Mountains of central Montana. Its habitat is now permanently protected. RMEF then conveyed it to Lewis and Clark National Forest so it is open and …

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Volunteers Improve Elk Country, Celebrate at Montana Rendezvous

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Simply put, it is like a campout on steroids. Volunteers, members and staffers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gathered for two days to work, play, eat, laugh and enjoy friendships at the 23rd Annual RMEF Montana Summer Rendezvous. It began with a hands-on habitat project at the Robb-Ledford Wildlife Management Area, site of RMEF’s first major acquisition that is also winter range for up to 3,100 elk. Volunteers put encroaching conifers and houndstongue, an …

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Idaho Volunteers Help Protect Elk Country

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Every person counts. Nowhere was that more evident than at a recent work project in southern Idaho. Nine Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers gathered on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest with their work gloves, shovels, drills and other tools to make a difference to elk and other wildlife. Crew members rolled up their sleeves to construct and install a buck and rail fence to act as a deterrent for ATVs from accessing illegally-made routs. They also …

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Montana Volunteers Return to RMEF Project Site

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There is no looking in the rear view mirror and leaving past projects behind. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its volunteers are committed to enhancing elk habitat. A 2018 RMEF project expanded the Fleecer Mountain Wildlife Management Area in western Montana by nearly 200 acres. Twelve RMEF volunteers recently returned to the project site to join other volunteers in improving the landscape. Below is a brief report from Vanna Boccadori, biologist with Montana Fish, …

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Volunteers Get ‘Er Done at South Dakota Rendezvous

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They came from all across the state to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Approximately 60 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers poured into Custer State Park for a weekend of fun, food and boots-on-the-ground work to enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife. The highlight of the South Dakota Rendezvous was a two-day work project to install the final two wildlife water guzzlers in the Elk Mountain Water Development Project. RMEF volunteers, including 11 …