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Starlight Wisconsin – onX Public Access Project

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When the call came in to assist with elk country in Wisconsin, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation answered. And now, that elk habitat is permanently protected plus it’s open to public access for hunters, anglers and others to use and enjoy. Jackson County Forestry and Parks asked RMEF to help with the acquisition of the 290-acre Starlight property immediately adjacent to Jackson County Forest. It lies in the heart of Wisconsin’s southern elk range and …

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Volunteers Get ‘er Done in Oregon Elk Country

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Below is a news release issued by the Malheur National Forest. The 2019 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Summer Rendezvous continues to be a great success. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has held the annual summer rendezvous at Lake Creek Camp for over ten years.  As part of the event RMEF volunteers from across Oregon and the greater Northwest gather and partner with the Malheur National Forest for a two-day habitat restoration work event to celebrate …

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RMEF Grant Provides 46,500 Acres of Hunting, Fishing Public Access in Wyoming

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an ongoing donor to the Access Yes program. Their generous donation of $15,000 will provide nearly 46,500 acres of access, which has tremendous positive impacts for hunters and anglers in Wyoming,” said Brian Nesvik, director of Game and Fish. “This …

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RMEF, Partners Open Door to 26,000 Acres of Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, in coordination with Lewis and Clark County, the Dan Barrett family, Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and many other partners, is thrilled to announce 442 acres of prime wildlife and riparian habitat along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front are now permanently protected and in the public’s hands. Called the Falls Creek project, it greatly improves access to more than 26,000 acres of public land containing prime elk habitat beyond it. …

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Maggie Valley – onX Public Access Project

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Public land east of the Mississippi River, and getting access to it or private land is challenging at best. Take North Carolina as an example, where less than eight percent of its 34 million acres is federally owned, and that’s actually much better than most nearby states. In 2001, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation assisted with the successful restoration of wild elk into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Knowing elk need room to roam, RMEF …

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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 …