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Volunteers Get ‘Er Done at South Dakota Rendezvous

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They came from all across the state to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Approximately 60 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers poured into Custer State Park for a weekend of fun, food and boots-on-the-ground work to enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife. The highlight of the South Dakota Rendezvous was a two-day work project to install the final two wildlife water guzzlers in the Elk Mountain Water Development Project. RMEF volunteers, including 11 …

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Volunteers Help Clean Up South Dakota

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You’ve seen the crews along a highway near you, right? Men and women, boys and girls working hard just off the shoulder cleaning up the landscape one piece of trash at a time. That is exactly what members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Gold Country Chapter recently did in their neck of the woods. They spent the day beautifying South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills as part of the popular adopt-a-highway program. They, and others …

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Teamwork on Display in Michigan

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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. -Helen Keller Volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined several other groups at the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) Annual Convention to build two boardwalks at a popular area in north-central Michigan. The structures will benefit hunters and recreational users alike as they make their way across the Lame Duck Foot Access Trail. The crew used everything from cordless drills to heavy …

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Montana Project Protects Wildlife Habitat, Expands Public Access

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded family to permanently protect nearly 1,000 acres of elk habitat in southwest Montana. In addition to providing public access to the property, the project also greatly improves access to approximately 2,600 acres of adjacent public land. “We appreciate Jerry and Linda Grow for recognizing the wildlife values of their land and reaching out to us to both protect it and open it to public access,” …

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Missouri School’s NASP Squad Gets Boost Thanks to RMEF

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The National Archery in the Schools Program is one effort that connects youth to an activity linked closely to the outdoors. In fact, many boys and girls involved in NASP also take part in bowhunting. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports NASP and a wide variety of other shooting sports programs. RMEF recently presented an $800 check to benefit the NASP program in the North Andrews School District in northwest Missouri. The grant program is …

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RMEF Offers Scholarships for Washington Outdoor Women Workshop

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Women can learn the basics of fishing, hunting, and other outdoor skills in a September weekend workshop that includes sessions led by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife experts and other certified instructors. Scheduled for Sept.14-16 at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, the annual workshop is presented and coordinated by Washington Outdoor Women (WOW), a non-profit program dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and natural resource stewardship. Now in its 21st year, WOW is an …

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RMEF, Partners Talk CWD in Washington DC

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently co-sponsored a gathering in Washington D.C. focusing on Chronic Wasting Disease and legislation aimed at dealing with it. Below is a news release from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Members, Conservation Partners Discuss Urgency of Chronic Wasting Disease Washington D.C.—Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members joined representatives from the sportsmen’s conservation community for a bipartisan Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) to discuss …

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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 the archery range as well as the disassembly of a holding pen from the original elk relocation and release site six years ago. It wasn’t all work for those on hand either. Some volunteers showed up …

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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 …