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Elk Hoof Disease Facility Receives $100,000 RMEF Grant

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to assist with construction of its elk hoof disease research facility. Construction began in May on campus in Pullman, Washington. “Hoof disease is affecting more and more elk in the Pacific Northwest,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This facility will give researchers a hands-on opportunity to better determine its cause as well as why and …

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BLM Seeks to Acquire, Open Access to 13,000 Acres in Montana

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With support from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced plans to acquire 13,000 acres of private land from the Nature Conservancy and open it to public use. The acreage is adjacent to BLM-managed lands within the Lower Blackfoot River-Belmont Creek area 25 miles northeast of Missoula, Montana. The lands would be acquired in phases using Sportsman’s Access funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This year’s allocation of …

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RMEF Among Conservation Partners Investing in Wyoming Habitat

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and many partners, invested more than $8 million for aquatic and terrestrial habitat projects in 2018. The projects are crucial for conserving more than 800 species in Wyoming for future generations. Game and Fish recently released the 2018 Strategic Habitat Plan Annual Report. Game and Fish allocated more than $1.6 million in funds for habitat projects and was able to leverage …

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RMEF Attends White House Gathering Touting Conservation

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well as other conservation groups, state and federal agencies recently attended a White House briefing focused on conservation, the environment and leadership. President Trump and other cabinet members or invited guests touched on a number of subjects including public lands, active forest management, wildfires, energy and the economy, ecosystem restoration and other issues. “[The Department of] Interior (DOI) has also been focused on strengthening the North American Wildlife Conservation …

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La Fragua New Mexico – onX Public Access Project

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North-central New Mexico, specifically the Jicarilla Ranger District on the Carson National Forest, boasts rugged country home to elk, mule deer and other species. But getting to a portion of it became difficult after access was cut off via a route locals call La Fragua Road. The New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s Open Gate Hunting and Fishing Access program took notice and identified a spot where constructing a short cutoff road from Dead Horse …

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Volunteers Enhance South Dakota Elk Country

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They came from all across the Mount Rushmore State. More than 30 volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gathered for South Dakota’s annual RMEF Rendezvous. Sure, there were lots of smiles, laughter, good food and the sharing of elk hunting tales, but the highlight was getting to work into the Black Hills backcountry of Custer State Park. “Thanks to @RMEF for volunteering in the park! The group removed damaged fence from the Legion Lake …

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Restoring Elk Country – SD Elk Mountain Guzzlers

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Simply put, it was an idea that took six years to fully develop and accomplish. The challenge was how to provide dependable water sources for wildlife and cattle alike in the often bone-dry Black Hills National Forest that straddles the border of southwest South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. It took a widespread collaborate effort to make it happen. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service, South Dakota Game, Fish and …

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California Burn Improves Elk Habitat

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Thanks, in part, to grant funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a small chunk of elk habitat in western California is getting an upgrade. Bureau of Land Management and CAL FIRE crews conducted a burn south of Hollister near the Clear Creek Management Area. The habitat treatment will help reduce fuel available for wildland fire by eliminating invasive yellow starthistle, which in California can grow to shoulder height and form massive, briar patches. Prescribed …

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Scenic Elk Country in Montana’s Swan Valley Conserved, Improves Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—An important migration corridor for elk, grizzly bears, Canada lynx and other wildlife is now permanently protected and open to public access in Montana’s scenic Swan Valley. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lolo National Forest worked with a landowner to purchase and convey the 638 acres to the U.S. National Forest (USFS). It is now under the management of the Lolo National Forest. “This property sits in a wildlife movement corridor between …

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Edith Peak Montana – onX Public Access Project

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Public land does not always feature large swaths of landscape that is 100 percent open to public access. Sometimes privately-owned inholdings feature development or the potential for development that can disrupt wildlife migration corridors, wildlife management and limit public access. In October 2018, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation acquired 1,120 acres of elk habitat high in the mountains of western Montana about 15 miles west of Missoula. The two parcels were previously private inholdings owned …

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RMEF Volunteers Help Remove Tons of Trash from Illegal Marijuana Grow Sites

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers recently joined forces with the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other groups to clean up more than three tons of trash from eight illegal grow sites on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in north-central California. In total, the amount of trash and infrastructure weighed 6,100 pounds and included five and a half miles of irrigation pipe. It took 22 helicopter loads to remove all the refuse. …

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Tule Elk Habitat Conserved in California

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) and a committed landowner to permanently protect more than 2,600 acres of prime elk habitat in north-central California. “We want to thank Jim Keegan who reached out to us to conserve his Whiskey Hill property,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “The conservation easement now in place protects the wildlife and riparian …