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Wyoming Women Step Up to Help Elk, Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation knows how to look out for elk and elk country. It also knows how to host a good party. Put the two together and you’ve got the latest in a series of what we call Women for Wildlife events. And in Wyoming, the ladies in the Cowboy State know how to have a good time for a great cause. The Big Horn Basin and Sweetwater Chapters recently whooped it up …

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766 Acres of Elk Habitat Now Open to the Public in Pennsylvania!

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MISSOULA, Mont.—An additional 766 acres of Pennsylvania elk habitat is now permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and a generous donor. “This would not have happened without landowners who care about Pennsylvania and both understand and appreciate the crucial wildlife values of this area,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. Located in Centre County, the project extends the western unit …

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Colorado Volunteers Get ‘er Done

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There they stood—two bull moose looking over the work done by a group of soggy yet dedicated volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. They had to be impressed. The volunteers endured showers and slogged through boggy conditions to remove an estimated one ton of rusty, brittle barbed wire and old fence posts that previously covered about two miles of acreage in north-central Colorado’s Golden Gate State Canyon Park. (Park access is limited but some …

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Wall Creek, Montana

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Located in the heart of elk winter range in Montana’s Madison Valley, the Madison-Wall Creek Wildlife Management Area covers more than 7,000 acres of grassy rangeland. In late 2014, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 631 acres of land immediately adjacent to it but there was one significant issue—a 3,096-square-foot log house sat right in the middle of it. RMEF developed a plan and auctioned off the house with the winner assuming full responsibility to …

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RMEF, Partners Seeks to Conserve Key Montana Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), a landowner and other partners to determine the feasibility of adding to a wildlife management area in Southwest Montana. If successful, the WMA would expand from 4,712 acres to 10,078 acres. Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area,Yellowstone county. “With a considerable portion of the herd migrating out of the Park during the winter, we need to ensure that they have a …

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Idaho Grants Fund Research, Habitat Work

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Idaho Grants Fund Research, Habitat Work MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $274,556 in grant funding to assist with research, habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects across the state of Idaho. Fourteen projects benefit nearly 17,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Gooding, Idaho, Latah, Lemhi, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington Counties. There is one additional project of statewide benefit. “Elk need quality habitat to survive and …

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640-acres of Public Land Now Available in Montana!

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A key wildlife landscape previously threatened by subdivision in northwest Montana is now permanently protected and in the public’s hands thanks to a collaborative effort between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation-minded family and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). “This property lies within the popular Holland Lake recreational area of the scenic Swan Valley and there was some pressure to develop it,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “We appreciate the landowners …

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Elk Network: There’s an App for that

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s online digital platform, the Elk Network, is now available as an app. “Approximately 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone and elk hunters certainly rank among them,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We designed the Elk Network to be mobile-first and mobile-friendly. The new Elk Network app is a logical step and easier way for users to keep up to date on all things elk, elk …

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RMEF, Partners Seek to Conserve Key Montana Elk Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), a landowner and other partners to determine the feasibility of adding to the state’s Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA). If successful, the WMA would expand from 4,712 acres to 10,078 acres. “With a considerable portion of the herd migrating out of the Park during the winter, we need to ensure that they have a place to go in perpetuity,” …

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Elk Habitat Permanently Protected in Colorado

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with a conservation-minded landowner, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to permanently protect 524 acres of prime wildlife habitat in west-central Colorado. “We appreciate the private landowners for recognizing the important wildlife values of their land and taking action to permanently protect it,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. Located about 35 miles east of Grand Junction, the Bull Creek project provides summer, …

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Volunteers Step Up BIG-TIME in North Dakota

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Working together to help wildlife is contagious! Just ask folks who attended the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s second annual North Dakota Rendezvous. Want two specific examples? RMEF member David Kembel took a flight from Massachusetts to Denver and then made the 10-hour drive to the Badlands of western North Dakota to join the team effort. And then there’s the caterer from Mississippi BBQ out of Williston. Not only did she show up early but she …

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Making History in Missouri

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It was a day many thought they would never see. But witness it they did! Capping Missouri’s first-ever Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Rendezvous, RMEF volunteers saw close to 50 elk on their native Missouri range. “Amazing! Being able to watch the faces of our Missouri volunteers as they got to see some of our Missouri elk was priceless, some for them seeing the elk herd for the very first time,” said Mason Cooper, RMEF regional …

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Raging Wildfire Does Not Stop RMEF Volunteers at Work

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It looked like the largest, active wildfire in the United States may cancel the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2017 Utah Rendezvous and its hand’s-on Jackass Flat guzzler project. After all, it was all U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employees on deck as the 45,000-acre Brian Head wildfire burned out of control less than 70 miles away from the Richfield District of the Fishlake National Forest. Strong winds fueled flames more than 300 feet into the sky …

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RMEF Saddles Up at World’s Largest Rodeo

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Plain and simple, it is a sight to behold—1,900 horses, 1,600 competitors 1,500 campers and thousands of fans. Gillette, Wyoming is the place to be July 16-22 for the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo. And the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is there, too. A supporter of the western lifestyle, RMEF has been a sponsor of the event for the last five years or so. Volunteers and staffers host a membership/raffle booth where they raise …