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Zekes Meadow

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RMEF worked with willing landowners to conserve some 800 acres they own in two private inholdings and conveyed these lands to the U.S. Forest Service. The skyline is pure elk country southwest of Phillipsburg, Montana in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Zekes Meadows provides year-round habitat for elk as well as deer, moose, wolverines, Canada lynx, fishers and scores of other species. The properties also provides spawning habitat for westslope cutthroat trout, and is designated Critical …

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Holland Lake Public Access Project

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Nestled between the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the east and the Mission Mountain Wilderness to the west, Montana’s Swan Valley offers one of the most scenic landscapes in Big Sky Country. It is here that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family and the U.S. forest Service to permanently protect 640 acres of prime summer and winter habitat for elk, whitetail deer, grizzly bears and a wide array of other species. RMEF …

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Conservation Partners Support RMEF’s Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation wishes to show its appreciation for the sponsors of its Access Elk Country Initiative and Elk Country Legacy program. “These businesses are not just organizations that value RMEF’s on-the-ground work, they are industry leaders that demonstrate passion and vision in supporting conservation, public access and our hunting heritage,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We consider them conservation partners.” 2017 conservation highlights: The Elk Country Legacy campaign …

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Small Colorado Project Has Big Public Access Benefits

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a conservation-minded landowner, the Bureau of Land Management and Bass Pro Shops to permanently protect and conserve a 28-acre property that improves access to 8,500 acres of public land. The Middle Creek project is located in south-central Colorado at the northern end of the San Luis Valley. “We are grateful to a willing seller and RMEF member who appreciates wildlife values and supports our goal to …

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RMEF Helps Establish the Utah Sportsman’s Caucus

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There’s a new legislative body in the state of Utah that looks out for hunters and anglers. It’s called the Utah Sportsman’s Caucus. During the summer of 2017, Bill Christensen, RMEF regional director in Utah, teamed up with other hunter-angler conservation groups to jump-start the effort. Outdoorsmen and women then joined forces with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, state legislators, Sutherland Institute and the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation to get it up and running. Representative …

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Sage Grouse Habitat Work Benefits Elk Too

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. That “other wildlife” faction is key and often leads to collaborative habitat enhancement projects with other groups and agencies that benefit a wide variety of wildlife species. Such is the case in southern Wyoming where the Bureau of Land Management and RMEF are funding work to improve habitat for Greater sage-grouse, elk, mule deer, …

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Elk Habitat Protected, Hunting Access Improved in Colorado

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Thanks to a conservation-minded landowner and a key state funding program, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to permanently protect 2,677 acres of vital elk habitat in northwest Colorado.  “We are grateful to Rick Tingle, a RMEF life member, for placing a conservation easement on his Louisiana Purchase Ranch,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Additionally, this project highlights the critical need for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program …

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Tex Creek, Idaho

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation spear-headed four different efforts with conservation-minded landowners, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Bureau of Land Management to add more than 3,200 acres, or approximately 10-percent of the overall acreage, to the Wildlife Management Area. The Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area spans 34,000 acres across the shrub-lands of southeast Idaho. It provides crucial habitat for more than 7,000 elk as well as moose, mule deer, sage and …

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RMEF Conserves Wisconsin Elk Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation permanently protected key elk habitat in Wisconsin elk country by first acquiring and then conveying a 360-acre inholding to Jackson County Forest. “This is a crucial transaction because it prevents the potential of development and fragmentation within an area that is vital to Wisconsin’s newest elk herd,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “It also both improves and increases public access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.” …