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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 …

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Starlight Wisconsin – onX Public Access Project

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When the call came in to assist with elk country in Wisconsin, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation answered. And now, that elk habitat is permanently protected plus it’s open to public access for hunters, anglers and others to use and enjoy. Jackson County Forestry and Parks asked RMEF to help with the acquisition of the 290-acre Starlight property immediately adjacent to Jackson County Forest. It lies in the heart of Wisconsin’s southern elk range and …

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Volunteers Get ‘er Done in Oregon Elk Country

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Below is a news release issued by the Malheur National Forest. The 2019 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Summer Rendezvous continues to be a great success. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has held the annual summer rendezvous at Lake Creek Camp for over ten years.  As part of the event RMEF volunteers from across Oregon and the greater Northwest gather and partner with the Malheur National Forest for a two-day habitat restoration work event to celebrate …

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RMEF Grant Provides 46,500 Acres of Hunting, Fishing Public Access in Wyoming

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an ongoing donor to the Access Yes program. Their generous donation of $15,000 will provide nearly 46,500 acres of access, which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “This …

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RMEF, Partners Open Door to 26,000 Acres of Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, in coordination with Lewis and Clark County, the Dan Barrett family, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and many other partners, is thrilled to announce 442 acres of prime wildlife and riparian habitat along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front are now permanently protected and in the public’s hands. Called the Falls Creek project, it greatly improves access to more than 26,000 acres of public land containing prime elk habitat beyond it. …

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Maggie Valley – onX Public Access Project

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Public land east of the Mississippi River, and getting access to it or private land is challenging at best. Take North Carolina as an example, where less than eight percent of its 34 million acres is federally owned, and that’s actually much better than most nearby states. In 2001, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with the successful restoration of wild elk into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knowing elk need room to roam, RMEF …