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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 …

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Beaver Creek Public Access Project

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What does it take to create the largest hunter access tract in the entire state of North Dakota? First and foremost, it takes willing landowners who allow access to their land and its wildlife values. In this case, it also takes cooperation from conservation groups and a state agency to make it happen. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with Byron and Kathy Richard, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and other partners to …

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NEW PUBLIC ACCESS IN MONTANA – EDITH PEAK, MT

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 1,120 acres of prime elk habitat in western Montana that are now both permanently protected and open to public access. The parcels, previously private inholdings, were conveyed to and now managed by the Lolo National Forest (LNF). “We are grateful that Stimson Lumber Company recognized the wildlife values of this land and reached out to us to help conserve it,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “ …

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Disabled Hunters Shine in North Carolina

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Joining forces for a good cause is always a wonderful thing. For example, Hands of a Sportsman recently partnered with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers in North Carolina to host a disabled hunt in Taylorville. Property owners and hunters in the northwest part of the state opened their property to 32 disabled hunters. Not only that, but participants received both permission and the opportunity to hunt with a gun during the first day of archery …

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RMEF Members Track Down Elk in West Virginia

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On September 21st, 2018 the Southern WV Chapter of the RMEF attended one of the first ever elk viewing tours in Logan County. West Virginia.  Lead by West Virginia State Park Naturalist Lauren Cole, the four-hour tour consisted of an introductory seminar on elk, elk habitat and the re-establishment of a wild elk herd in West Virginia.  The group then headed up to the new 25,000-acre Tomblin Wildlife Management Area where we heard many bugles …

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Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry Gets Boost from RMEF

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a $1,500 in grant to assist in providing more meals for those in need. Hunters or farmers donate livestock or wild game to the non-profit organization that forwards it to an inspected butcher. The meat is placed into family-size packages and distributed to food banks across Indiana. “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program and pleased that this Foundation is continually making …

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RMEF Honored for Public Access and Habitat Stewardship

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received the Public Lands Foundation’s (PLF) 2018 Landscape Stewardship Award at a ceremony here Tuesday for its leadership in conserving wildlife habitat and improving access on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).     “The RMEF has been a long-time leader in working with the BLM, state and federal agencies, private landowners and other partners to conserve wildlife and enhance access to public lands for hunters, anglers …

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Volunteers Clean Up Kansas Elk Country

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Kansas is known for many different things ranging from prairies of waving wheat to the legendary movie The Wizard of Oz. What is not well-known about Kansas is it is also home to a wild, free-ranging elk herd. And a group of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers gathered near Milford Lake in the northeast part of the state to make things better for elk.  They rolled up their sleeves and worked together to remove about …