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Celebrating A Chunk of Conserved Montana Elk Country

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They gathered by the hundreds in north-central Montana as members and volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to celebrate elk, elk country and conservation. The Giant Springs Chapter held its annual banquet in Great Falls. It included the usual night jammed full of food, fun and fundraising festivities to benefit conservation but it also featured a celebration within a celebration. Members of the Jennings family along with staffers from the U.S. Forest Service received …

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North Carolina Prescribed Fire to Benefit Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for low intensity 120-acre controlled burn in North Carolina’s Little Cataloochee within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Officials hope to carry out the work April 12 and 13. The burn is designed to restore oak woodland communities that benefit elk and other wildlife. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Service)

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West Virginia Elk Herd Growing

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By the time calving seasons comes and goes later this spring, West Virginia may have more than 100 elk on the ground. For now, it’s difficult to predict what the exact numbers will be since cow elk recently transported from Arizona are yet to be examined to determine if they’re pregnant. “We’ll want to get that information before we release those animals, but until we turn them loose there’s no real concern,” Randy Kelley, West …

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Grant Funding Benefits Washington Elk, Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $276,491 in grant funding toward 15 habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects in the state of Washington. The projects positively impact nearly 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat across Asotin, Chelan, Clallam, Columbia, Cowlitz, Garfield, Kittitas, Skamania, Stevens and Yakima Counties. “Overly thick forest stands and noxious weeds crowd out vital forage for elk and other wildlife. This funding will enhance habitat to a more ideal level,” said Blake …

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Montana Elk Habitat Conserved, Open to Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—What was previously a 262-acre parcel of private property within the boundaries of a national forest in central Montana is now in the public’s hands thanks to a conservation-minded family and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “We appreciate the Jennings family for their desire to permanently protect the vital wildlife values of their property, place it in public ownership and open it to hunters, anglers and others to utilize and enjoy,” said Blake Henning, …

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Morrison Creek Public Access Project

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When landscapes are fragmented, elk habitat and public access suffer. That’s why it’s important to highlight efforts like this one, the Morrison Creek project, in west-central Wisconsin. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation secured ownership of what was a 360-acre private inholding in the Jackson County Forest and then placed it in the public’s hands, so now it falls under management of the Jackson County Forest and public access to it is available for all to …

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RMEF Assists with Montana Public Access Expansion

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) recently purchased a permanent road easement across private land in the Timber Gulch area of McCartney Mountain, three miles east of Glen. The purchase secures public access to 3,400 acres of Bureau of Land Management ground in elk hunting district 340. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding from its Torstenson Family Endowment to assist with the project. FWP will convey the 0.14 miles of existing primitive road to …

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RMEF Commits $236,930 for Game and Fish Led Conservation Projects

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Below is a news release distributed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. CHEYENNE – The Wyoming chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) recently committed $532,676 to projects in Wyoming with $236,930 going to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to support 23 Game and Fish led projects. These funds will go toward projects addressing a variety of needs including: the Access Yes program, fence conversions, aspen enhancements, post-fire restoration, weed treatments, conifer …

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Sponsors First-Ever National R3 Symposium

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Below is a news release issued by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. (Washington, D.C.) – The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has signed on as a Gold Sponsor for the first-ever National R3 Symposium planned for May 21-23, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. “We commend the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their steadfast commitment to not only the future …

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Outside Magazine Highlights RMEF Conservation Mission

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Below is a portion of an article published by Outside Magazine that highlights the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its ongoing commitment to public lands, public access, elk, other wildlife and the conservation of wild landscapes. At a time when public land and access to it have become divisive topics, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation exemplifies a localized, consensus-building approach to conservation. Since 1984, it has acquired more than 636,000 acres of private property and …

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RMEF Volunteers Completed More than 130+ Projects in 30 States in 2017

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Volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are perhaps best known for organizing and hosting big game banquets. Funds raised at those gatherings go directly toward RMEF’s conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. But they do much more than that. Check out these numbers from volunteer projects carried out in 2017: The above figures include on-the-ground habitat projects as well as hunting heritage and conservation …

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RMEF Endowment Makes $7.7 Million Difference for Elk Country (So Far)

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) and the wide-ranging impact it continues to leave on elk country from coast to coast.   “Since its establishment five years ago, the TFE has allowed us to accelerate timely impactful on-the-ground conservation work benefitting elk and elk country in a manner we could not do previously,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. With the blessing of …

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Zekes Meadow

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RMEF worked with willing landowners to conserve some 800 acres they own in two private inholdings and conveyed these lands to the U.S. Forest Service. The skyline is pure elk country southwest of Phillipsburg, Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Zekes Meadows provides year-round habitat for elk as well as deer, moose, wolverines, Canada lynx, fishers and scores of other species. The properties also provides spawning habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, and is designated Critical …

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Holland Lake Public Access Project

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Nestled between the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east and the Mission Mountain Wilderness to the west, Montana’s Swan Valley offers one of the most scenic landscapes in Big Sky Country. It is here that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and the U.S. forest Service to permanently protect 640 acres of prime summer and winter habitat for elk, whitetail deer, grizzly bears and a wide array of other species. RMEF …