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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 …

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Lewis and Clark County Steps Up Big-Time to Fund RMEF Land Project

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The Lewis and Clark County Commission pledged $1.4 million toward the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Falls Creek land protection/public access project. The 442-acre property is located along the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, Montana. “In my mind and heart, this is why people voted for this in the first place,” Susan Good Geise, Lewis and Clark County commissioner, told KTVH-TV. “It ticks off every box. It is an absolutely glorious project.” Once completed, not only …

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Prescribed Burn Improves Forest Health, Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for a prescribed burn (May 13, 2019) in the Marshall Creek drainage near Missoula, Montana. Objectives for the project include the use of prescribed burning to reduce activity fuel and natural fuels accumulations, facilitate seedling establishment and ensure long-term stand productivity, maintain and improve big game range conditions and distribute beneficial fire effects within the wildland-urban interface. Partnership support for the project also includes the Confederated Salish & …

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RMEF Access Project a Win for Hunters, Hikers and Wildlife

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acquired 620 acres of critical public access and prime wildlife habitat, including elk habitat, along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front within the boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF then conveyed the property to the USFS. Not only does the transaction create new public access but it improves access to more than 2,000 acres of adjacent public land. “We appreciate …

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Restoring Elk Country – Oklahoma Prescribed Burns

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Without fire, forest health suffers because of overly dense limbs and leaves above that block sunshine to the forest floor below, thwarting the growth of nutritional forage needed by elk and other wildlife. Such forests also become vulnerable to large scale insect and disease outbreaks. That’s why, dating back to 2002, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Oklahoma  provided more than $200,000 in grant funding for extensive prescribed burn treatments, as well as other habitat …

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Green Mountain – Public Access Project

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This pass, located along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front east of the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a cross-section of activity both present and past. It is here where Meriweather Lewis crossed the Continental Divide on his return journey home from the West with fellow explorer William Clark. It is also here where you find the modern day Continental Divide National Scenic Trail within the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail corridor, where modern day hikers do …

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Colorado Burn Improves Wildlife Habitat

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Prescribed fire is on the way to west-central Colorado and that’s a good thing for elk and other wildlife. “Wildlife benefits from carefully planned prescribed burning can be substantial, especially to elk and deer, which use Gambel oak for cover and browse to survive the winter months,” said Jennifer Prusse, Eagle-Holy Cross district wildlife biologist. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided key funding for the treatment. The goal of the approximately 2,000-acre French Creek prescribed …

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RMEF Back at Work in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

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Eight months after the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation collaborated with the U.S. Forest and other partners to permanently protect important wildlife and riparian habitat in western Montana, RMEF provided funding for more habitat stewardship work in the immediate area. A 250-acre prescribed burn in the Bass Creek Recreational Area near Stevensville stimulates native plant species important for big game winter forage. The area is extremely popular for recreational use but will only be closed temporarily. …

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RMEF, Partners Recognized for Conservation Efforts

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined the 11 other members of the Montana Association of Land Trusts (MALT) for the seventh “Land Trust Day at the Capitol” on April 11, 2019. Land trusts set up exhibits and hosted a lunch in the Capitol Rotunda to educate legislators about their priorities, including Senate Bill 24 (Sen. Terry Gauthier, R-Helena) to create the trails and recreational facilities account and grant program. Participants received recognition in the House …

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Prescribed Fire to Enhance Montana Wildlife Habitat

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Help is on the way for elk and other wildlife in north-central Montana. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided grant funding for several prescribed burning projects in the Lincoln Ranger District on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The burns will take place in the Ogden Mountain and Poorman Creek areas when weather conditions are favorable. The goal is to introduce fire into a historically fire-dominated ecosystem in order to rejuvenate native grasses and other …

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RMEF Honors Partner for Conservation Accomplishment

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Photo information (left to right): Jared Wold (RMEF regional director), Jeanne Holmgren & Eric Barclay, (U.S. Forest Service lands specialists), Dan Barrett (Falls Creek Landowner), Bill Avey (Helena-Lewis and Clark national forest supervisor) and Mike Mueller (RMEF lands program manager)  No good deed should go unrecognized, especially when it comes to quality conservation work. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently recognized one of its partners for a just-completed conservation project in Montana. RMEF presented an …

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Restoring Elk Country – Bearcat Hollow Arkansas

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In 2014, then 12-year-old Ryley McCuiston shot this magnificent bull elk in northwest Arkansas. It is a product and reflection of the healthy habitat created from a decade of ongoing work known as the Bearcat Hollow Restoration Project. The collaborative effort involves the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Wild Turkey Federation, Arkansas Wildlife Federation and many other partners. The goal is to recover the landscape from decades …