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Wisconsin Awaits Final Shipment of Kentucky Elk

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Approximately four dozen elk are in an oversized holding pen in Kentucky awaiting transfer to their new home in northern Wisconsin. Once that takes place, in early April 2019, the animals will again be held in quarantine to be checked for disease until their release sometime this summer. The transfer caps a five-year agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kentucky crews captured the elk in …

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RMEF Donation Benefits Oregon College, Conservation

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The Snake River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $500 to benefit the Natural Resources Department at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. The funding will go toward an endowed scholarship at the school. Students assist the local chapter in its efforts of raising funds for RMEF’s mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. “With the help of Marcus (Nichols, Natural Resources instructor) and …

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RMEF, Partners Honored for North Carolina Riparian Habitat Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and seven other organizations received recognition for protecting the rivers, streams and reservoirs that make up the drinking supply of Haywood County, North Carolina. RMEF and its partners worked to permanently protect and conserve several pieces of prime elk habitat in the western portion of the state near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the Smoky Mountain News, other partners who received the Pigeon River Award include the Maggie …

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La Barge Creek Wyoming Public Access Project

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Sometimes acquiring private land to permanently protect its wildlife values and then conveying it to an agency so it becomes open to public access, just isn’t enough. Simply put…sometimes stuff happens. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a landowner and several other partners to obtain a 160-acre property in southwest Wyoming. Nestled in the Wyoming Range at the confluence of Miller and La Barge Creeks, it provides important winter range for elk, moose, mule …

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Grant Funding Benefits Elk Habitat, Research, Public Access in South Dakota

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided nearly $114,000 in grant funding to improve elk habitat and scientific research in South Dakota as well as a wide range of hunting heritage and other outdoor-related activities. “Water is at a premium across the lower portion of South Dakota. This funding is helping to establish a wide-ranging pipeline project to improve more than 15,400 acres of habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also goes …

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RMEF Represented on Montana Outdoor Council

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation now has a seat on the Get Outdoor Montana Advisory Council. Governor Steve Bullock appointed Jennifer Doherty to join the group. Doherty is the RMEF’s director of lands and works with fellow staffers to permanently protect elk habitat, summer and winter range, calving grounds and migration corridors. The council consists of members from the outdoor recreation industry, recreation user and interest groups, conservation and stewardship organizations, and local, tribal, state …

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Wildlife Habitat Conserved in Wyoming

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A family in southeast Wyoming teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to permanently protect 133 acres of important elk habitat. “Fred and Stephanie Lindzey have always cherished the wildlife values of their land during their more than three decades of ownership,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We appreciate their desire to both recognize and allow us to conserve it for years to come.” The property is about 20 miles west …

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Red Hill Public Access Project

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Big things really do come in small packages. And in this case, we’re talking big access. Back in 2013, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation purchased a small, 40-acre piece of property in central Montana where access to public land in the Big Snowy Mountains was difficult at best because of large, sprawling private ranches. But these 40-acres had 30-feet in common with the adjacent Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF bought the parcel for $190,000 …

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More Wildlife Habitat Protected in Idaho

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a north Idaho landowner who appreciates the wildlife values of their land to permanently protect nearly 1,000 acres of prime habitat. “We are grateful that the Barbieri family believes in the importance of conservation and has an appreciation of wildlife and our mission,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Their land lies within an area that is both extremely popular for recreation and experiencing pressure to …

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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. …