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Merrill Lake Public Access Project

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Like the water rings formed from a pebble dropped into a pond, conservation work benefiting one species can have a positive trickledown effect on many others. Such is the case in southwest Washington where the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined forces with other partners to permanently protect more than 1,400 acres of prime habitat. The Merrill Lake project benefits Washington’s largest elk herd but that’s only part of the picture. It also protects habitat for …

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RMEF Provides Funding for West Virginia Elk Range

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The Conservation Fund purchased more than 32,000 acres in Logan, Lincoln and Mingo Counties in early 2016 through its Working Forest Fund® program and sustainably managed it as working forestland during its temporary ownership. Funding from the Wildlife Restoration Program allowed for 10,922 acres to be transferred to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources in late 2016, and for the recent protection of an added 22,140 acres. Additional funding was provided by the West …

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West Virginia’s Elk Herd about to Quadruple in Size

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If everything goes as planned, West Virginia’s small elk herd will grow by 60 animals in early 2018. Staffers with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) will travel approximately 1,900 miles west to the desert Southwest to assist a private company and the Arizona Fish and Game Department with trapping. “They have a highly professional staff out there, and they’ve bent over backward to assist us,” Paul Johansen, WVDNR wildlife chief, told the …

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RMEF Volunteers + Hard Work = Great News for Elk

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If you hearken back to your old school days, you may remember the math equation of A + B = C, right? If you remove the letters and replace them with photos of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers rolling up their sleeves to benefit elk country, you get a much different, more visual answer. This took place at the Utah Rendezvous during the summer of 2018. Three months later, a card pulled from a nearby …

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We Will Continue to…. Achieve.

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Over 10,000 Conservation Projects Completed. Over 7,000,000 Acres of Wildlife Habitat Conserved or Enhanced. Opened or improved access to more than 1,000,000 acres for the public to hunt, hike, fish and enjoy. Thanks to more than 11,000 Volunteers… more than 220,000 Members… Donors, Conservation and Corporate Partners… We will continue to…. Achieve.

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Cow Island Public Access Project

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Sometimes, just getting to where you want to go is the toughest part. Take the scenic and sprawling Missouri River Breaks region of north-central Montana. It is prime habitat for elk and other wildlife but access to certain portions of it is nearly impossible at best. Thanks to a 93-acre land transaction brokered by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the door to 6,000 acres of previously difficult-to-reach public land in the Breaks is permanently open.  …

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New Road Improves Access to 12,000 Acres in New Mexico

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A new road is now in place and being used by elk hunters and others in northeast New Mexico thanks to funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Lineberry Foundation. RMEF worked with the New Mexico State Land Office to improve vehicular access to approximately 6,000 acres and walk-in access to another 6,000 acres of State Trust Lands in the White Peak Area. “This project eases the tension of a long-running …

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Arizona Elk Habitat Gets a Boost

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $212,970 in grant funding for 15 projects that enhance Arizona’s wildlife habitat and hunting heritage. The grants benefit 7,464 acres across Apache, Coconino, Maricopa, Navajo, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma Counties. There are also three projects of statewide benefit. “One of the major issues that threaten quality habitat in the desert Southwest is the invading presence of conifer species which tend to choke out vital native forage for …

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Cow Island, Montana

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One person can make a big difference in helping open the door for scores of others to better enjoy elk country on our public lands. That’s exactly what happened in north-central Montana. Here’s the story. A member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation notified the RMEF about this property after reading in Bugle magazine about a similar project a few years ago some 130 miles southwest of here. The result is RMEF stepped in and …

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RMEF Re-Ups Support of Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Renewing its commitment to provide training and hands-on experience for current and future wildlife professionals, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is extending and expanding its partnership with the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation of Dundee, Illinois, and its Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) program. CLfT hosts five-day workshops for wildlife professionals and students who do not hunt. They leave with a deep understanding of hunting and its impact on conservation. “Supporting CLfT helps RMEF meet …