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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 …

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Volunteers Plant a Brighter Future for Washington Elk

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Pickups, ATVs, work gloves and a crew of 13 volunteers with a desire to make habitat better for elk and other critters recently got together for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation outing near Mt. St. Helens in southwest Washington. The group planted 8,000 seedlings of several different types of deciduous trees, berry bushes and other vegetation that will nourish not only the local elk population but up to 200 other species that share the same landscape. …

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Tex Creek Idaho – onX Hunt Public Access Project

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Putting a puzzle together takes both patience and persistence. When your puzzle is a wild landscape, it also takes partnerships and vision. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with conservation-minded landowners, the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho department of Fish and Game to piece together four sections of elk habitat in southeast Idaho. Beginning in 1997 and wrapping up in 2016, RMEF helped carry out four different project phases that transferred 3,250 …

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Volunteers Contribute $24 Million in Value to RMEF Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—How valuable are volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? In 2018, the value of their donated time and labor equates to $24.1 million. “The monetary value of $24.1 million in time and labor is staggeringly impressive, but honestly what our volunteers do for RMEF’s mission is truly priceless,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “A number does not do them justice in regard to the time and effort they put forth or …

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New Mexico Burn a Good Thing for Elk, Other Wildlife

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A prescribed burn for the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico benefits habitat for wildlife. Funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the project covers 4,100 acres in the Quemado Ranger District. Firefighters use a five-day window to ignite ponderosa pine, other mixed conifers and grasses. According to New Mexico fire officials, prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. The fires mimic …

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Nebraska Elk Country Conserved, Permanently Protected

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MISSOULA, Mont.—More than 3,600 acres of wildlife habitat is now permanently protected thanks to a series of conservation easements placed on private land by the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) with important funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “We are grateful for our NLT partners for spearheading this vital conservation work,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We also appreciate landowners who recognized the value of the habitat on their land and then …

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Biologists Place More Collars on Wyoming Elk

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Wildlife biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently partnered to deploy an additional 26 GPS collars on cow elk at the National Elk Refuge. About the time when biologist think they know what elk do seasonally each year, they then throw a curve ball. For example, in 2018 about 2,500 elk that traditionally winter in the Gros Ventre drainage pretty much all decided to vacate the area …

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Colorado Burns to Improve Wildlife Habitat

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Tis the season of the spring green-up. It’s also a time when prescribed burn projects are planned to enhance forage for elk, deer and other wildlife. Such activities are scheduled to take place near Eagle, Colorado, about 125 miles west of Denver. Town officials say prescribed burns in Eagle, Grand and Moffat Counties are designed to reduce pinyon-juniper expansion and help restore sagebrush and ponderosa pine communities. Prescribed fires reduce dense vegetation and other fuels …