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RMEF, Partners Honored for North Carolina Riparian Habitat Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and seven other organizations received recognition for protecting the rivers, streams and reservoirs that make up the drinking supply of Haywood County, North Carolina. RMEF and its partners worked to permanently protect and conserve several pieces of prime elk habitat in the western portion of the state near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the Smoky Mountain News, other partners who received the Pigeon River Award include the Maggie …

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La Barge Creek Wyoming Public Access Project

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Sometimes acquiring private land to permanently protect its wildlife values and then conveying it to an agency so it becomes open to public access, just isn’t enough. Simply put…sometimes stuff happens. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a landowner and several other partners to obtain a 160-acre property in southwest Wyoming. Nestled in the Wyoming Range at the confluence of Miller and La Barge Creeks, it provides important winter range for elk, moose, mule …

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Grant Funding Benefits Elk Habitat, Research, Public Access in South Dakota

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided nearly $114,000 in grant funding to improve elk habitat and scientific research in South Dakota as well as a wide range of hunting heritage and other outdoor-related activities. “Water is at a premium across the lower portion of South Dakota. This funding is helping to establish a wide-ranging pipeline project to improve more than 15,400 acres of habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also goes …

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RMEF Represented on Montana Outdoor Council

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation now has a seat on the Get Outdoor Montana Advisory Council. Governor Steve Bullock appointed Jennifer Doherty to join the group. Doherty is the RMEF’s director of lands and works with fellow staffers to permanently protect elk habitat, summer and winter range, calving grounds and migration corridors. The council consists of members from the outdoor recreation industry, recreation user and interest groups, conservation and stewardship organizations, and local, tribal, state …

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Wildlife Habitat Conserved in Wyoming

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A family in southeast Wyoming teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to permanently protect 133 acres of important elk habitat. “Fred and Stephanie Lindzey have always cherished the wildlife values of their land during their more than three decades of ownership,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We appreciate their desire to both recognize and allow us to conserve it for years to come.” The property is about 20 miles west …

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Red Hill Public Access Project

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Big things really do come in small packages. And in this case, we’re talking big access. Back in 2013, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation purchased a small, 40-acre piece of property in central Montana where access to public land in the Big Snowy Mountains was difficult at best because of large, sprawling private ranches. But these 40-acres had 30-feet in common with the adjacent Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF bought the parcel for $190,000 …

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More Wildlife Habitat Protected in Idaho

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a north Idaho landowner who appreciates the wildlife values of their land to permanently protect nearly 1,000 acres of prime habitat. “We are grateful that the Barbieri family believes in the importance of conservation and has an appreciation of wildlife and our mission,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Their land lies within an area that is both extremely popular for recreation and experiencing pressure to …

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Removing Junipers Benefits Wyoming Wildlife Habitat

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More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to more and larger juniper trees on the landscape of southern Wyoming. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the Bureau of Land Management to remove encroaching junipers. Doing so rejuvenates sagebrush and other native vegetation which benefits sage grouse, mule deer and even domestic livestock. “These are the kinds of projects the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation enjoys funding,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer for …

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$400K in RMEF Grants Spice Up Idaho Elk Country

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $396,140 in grant funding for habitat stewardship work, research and hunting heritage projects in Idaho. “There is a substantial need for scientific data to get a better handle on struggling elk populations in parts of Idaho,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This grant funding also assists wolf management and supports thinning, noxious weed control, prescribed burning and other projects designed to enhance habitat and improve forest …

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Hurricane Creek Public Access Project

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The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest and most popular in Oregon. And thanks to conservation work by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and it partners, it’s now more accessible for hunters, anglers, hikers and others to use and enjoy. RMEF acquired a 471-acre chunk of land that was previously a private inholding within the wilderness west of Wallowa Lake in the northeast part of the state and conveyed it to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. …

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Acres for America Funding to Benefit California Elk Habitat

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Acres for America, a public-private partnership focused on conservation efforts across the United States, announced $3.2 million in grants to protect wildlife habitats across more than 84,350 acres and increase public access to spectacular landscapes in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Montana, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received $500,000 in grant funding that will permanently protect 26,144 acres of private forestland and rangeland along the coast of California, enhancing public access …

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Habitat Stewardship Work to Benefit Arizona Wildlife

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The Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed burns within the Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn area if weather conditions allow from November 6, 2018, through November 16, 2018. The burn blocks will encompass approximately 2,936 acres. Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow-up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the units. It provides habitat diversity, …

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New Mexico Prescribed Burn Helps Wildlife Habitat

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Fire applied to a landscape can go a long way toward improving and enhancing habitat for elk and other wildlife. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for recent prescribed burning activity on the Jicarilla Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. Most of the places elk historically thrived in North America were shaped by frequent wildfires. Elk fatten up and prosper on the burst of grasses and forbs that follow in the path of …

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RMEF Reaches 100 Projects in Tennessee Elk Country

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $37,916 in grant funding to benefit elk habitat and hunting heritage efforts in Tennessee. “We are grateful for the support of our 2,200 members across Tennessee and our volunteers among eight chapters who dedicate their time and talents to raise these funds for elk and elk habitat in the Volunteer State,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 100 conservation and …