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More Pennsylvania Elk Country Protected, Open to Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Another piece of Pennsylvania elk country is permanently protected and open to public access thanks to a collaborative effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). The Woodring Farm II project entails 37 acres and is the newest addition to State Game Lands 311. It is located near a project finalized in 2014 and marks the 13th RMEF land protection and access project in Pennsylvania elk country. “Even though …

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Missouri Volunteers Work Hard, Have Fun at Rendezvous

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation members in the state of Missouri held their second consecutive Rendezvous (June 1-2) at the Peck Conservation Ranch near Winona. About 15 people took part in the Saturday morning projects which included cleaning trails and archery range as well the disassembly of a holding pin from the original elk relocation and release six years ago. It wasn’t all work for those on hand either. Some volunteers showed up Friday evening to …

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More Wild Elk Released in West Virginia, Population Nears 100

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The 85-day quarantine period ended so wildlife officials in West Virginia opened the holding pen gate and released more elk onto their new home landscape. The 46 adult elk and five calves come to West Virginia after being captured in Arizona. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided both funding and volunteer manpower to assist the cross-country effort. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources also reached an agreement to acquire 17 elk from the Land …

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RMEF Donation Improves Public Access in Wyoming

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Opening and improving public access lies at the core of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation mission. Below is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department news release that highlights one of the ways RMEF is engaged in access work.     Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Donation Provides 46,500 Acres of Hunting and Fishing Public Access   The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through …

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‘No Trespassing’ Signs Removed, Public Access Now Open

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A group of students from around the nation recently got a first-hand look at a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation project that permanently protects wildlife habitat and opens and improves public access to a chunk of Montana’s scenic Swan Valley. They got to remove a no trespassing sign, too. In 2017, RMEF partnered with the Flathead National Forest to complete the Holland Lake project. Students from Michigan, Montana, New York and Wisconsin had the opportunity to …

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Small Volunteer Band Makes Big Difference for Oregon Wildlife

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A handful of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers recently joined forces with three U.S. Forest Service workers to spice up a chunk of wildlife habitat in the McKenzie Ranger District on the Willamette National Forest. They cut back encroaching conifers along a two-acre meadow to promote healthy browse for elk and deer. The treatment also benefitted the headwaters of a small stream where beavers are found. Volunteers strategically stacked logs and brush to help enhance …

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The Great Wisconsin Elk Calf Search

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The goal is to place GPS tracking collars on elk in Wisconsin. The easiest way to do that is to find them shortly after birth because once they get a little bit older and more mobile, tracking them down in the Wisconsin woods will be extremely difficult. Staffers with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources along with volunteers recently took part in such a mission and found what they call the first wild elk calf …

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RMEF to Serve on Hunting & Shooting Sports Conservation Council

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation accepted an invitation to serve on the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council. Established on January 9, 2018, the group is tasked with providing the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture with advice about the establishment and implementation of existing and proposed policies and authorities regarding wildlife and habitat conservation. “I am very pleased and honored to be appointed by Secretary Ryan Zinke,” said Blake Henning, …

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Celebrating a Montana Public Access Project

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Simply put, it was an evening to gather and celebrate. The Blackfoot Clearwater Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation held its annual banquet to not only raise funds for elk and elk country in Montana and beyond but to celebrate the Holland Lake acquisition. RMEF staffers presented Chris Bowling, district ranger with the Flathead National Forest, with an Elk Country Partnership Award. The project wrapped up in late 2017 in the scenic Swan Valley. …

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National Program Critical for Recreational Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A funding mechanism with a long name provides long-lasting benefits for hunters, anglers, hikers and others seeking improved access to America’s wild landscapes. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to leverage more than $1 million in appropriations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Priority Recreation Access program to open or improve access to nearly 55,000 acres of public land across four states. Congress recently …

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RMEF Announces New President and CEO

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board of Directors this week announced Kyle Weaver as the new President and CEO, effective June 30, 2018.  “It is a tremendous honor to serve as the leader of the most respected wildlife conservation organization in the country, one that does so much for elk, elk habitat and America’s hunting tradition,” said Weaver. “Moving forward, as a team, we will elevate the delivery of RMEF’s mission, including …

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Indian Creek Public Access Project

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North-Central California is prime elk country. More specifically, about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento, it’s prime habitat for tule elk. Its also where the Rocky Mountain elk Foundation acquired and permanently protected what were previously 231 privately-held acres, but is now in the public’s hands for all to access and enjoy. the transaction also improved public access as it stitched together existing parcels of surrounding Bureau of Land Management land that provide key year-round range …

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Funding Benefits Colorado Elk Habitat, Research

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $212,707 in grant funding for 16 habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in Colorado. Those projects benefit nearly 15,000 acres of habitat for elk and other wildlife in Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Mineral, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit. “There is an ongoing need to apply active forest management techniques like …

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RMEF Volunteers Join Others, Rehab California Wildlife Habitat

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The call came in from the U.S. Forest Service and they answered it. Volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with volunteers from other organizations in northern California elk country. According to the Siskiyou Daily News,  the group of 33 assisted in the planting of approximately 27,000 Mountain mahogany trees over two days in Siskiyou County on the Klamath National Forest. The focus fell within an area burned by the Little Deer Mountain …

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Volunteers Get It Done in Oregon Elk Country

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Volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are doing great things! On the Oregon RMEF Facebook page, you can scroll down to a recent project posted on May 9. Here is what it says: This weekend it all came together, thanks to our RMEF Team and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife! Together, we logged 100+ hours to build buck and pole fencing around Aspen stands – approximately 800 feet over nearly 2 days. This …