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Assisting “Other Wildlife” and the Next Generation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is about much more than just elk. It’s about wildlife. It’s about the outdoors. And it’s about working alongside partners to introduce kids of all ages to the beauty of nature and its abounding wildlife. RMEF’s North Alabama Chapter provided funding for such a gathering in the north-central part of the state. (Photos courtesy: The Land Trust of Alabama)

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RMEF Assists Montana Elk Research Project

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More than four dozen volunteers and staffers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) scoured the hills of the Montana’s Bitterroot Valley for 12 days on a treasure hunt of sorts. Their goal was to find 100 newborn elk calves and then fasten VHF ear tag transmitters to them. “We are currently evaluating if the changes in carnivore harvest management in this region 1) reduced carnivore densities as intended, and 2) increased calf survival via …

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Mule Creek Project, Wyoming

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RMEF and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department partnered with private landowners to provide 15 years of public elk hunting access to nearly 11,000 acres of rich wildlife habitat. The area resides in southern Laramie Mountains in Albany County. The agreement will help wildlife managers better manage the elk population in Elk Hunt Area 7, which has been over objective for 14 consecutive years. In November 2015, the partners signed an access agreement that applies …

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RMEF, Partners Restore Vital Habitat Montana Program

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It takes a good team to claim victory. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with a dozen other sporting groups to resurrect a program that positively affected wildlife habitat in Big Sky Country. Since its establishment by the Montana Legislature more than three decades ago, Habitat Montana conserved more than 600,000 acres of elk, deer, bear, pronghorn, mountain lion and other wildlife via conservation easements and other tools. However, legislators in the 2015 session effectively …

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RMEF Takes Mission Priorities to Washington DC

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Elk habitat, wildlife management, forest reform and predator management are a few of the many topics Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation staffers advocated during a recent visit to Washington DC. RMEF maintains constant contact with key members of Congress and the Trump administration regarding mission priorities. Staffers visited with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and staff about habitat management priorities, including RMEF Land and Water Conservation Fund projects, RMEF’s partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the …

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Volunteers Double Up on Fence Removal

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Montana volunteers have a reputation for knowing how to throw a party, specifically their summer rendezvous. The June 2016 volunteer celebration—the event’s 21st year—attracted over 120 attendees from across the Big Sky State for a campout near Bozeman, where they enjoyed music, played games and hung out by the fire. But the event has another tradition that involves a little more muscle. “At one point, the volunteers decided, ‘Hey, we’re all together, and we are …

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Renowned Conservationist, RMEF Promote Relevance of Hunting

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MISSOULA, Mont.—In an effort to promote a wider public conversation about the positive connections between hunting and wildlife conservation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation partnered with widely-respected conservationist and wildlife researcher Shane Mahoney to release a timely and evocative short film titled Relevance. The video, which discusses the modern relevance of hunting traditions, especially in terms of conservation benefits, is the first product generated as part of a new and ongoing collaboration between RMEF and …

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Elk Habitat Conserved in Washington’s Lewis River Watershed

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Nearly 4,500 acres of prime wildlife habitat in southwestern Washington are permanently protected and opened to public access thanks to ongoing collaborative efforts by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and PacifiCorp, an electric utility company. The just-completed 1,880-acre acquisition is the third phase of a project that previously protected an additional 2,590 acres of habitat in the upper Lewis River basin north of Swift Reservoir The combined 4,470-acre property was originally in a checkerboard ownership …