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White Peak New Mexico Public Access Project

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Hunters in northeast New Mexico have improved access to prime wildlife habitat but it took some work to get there. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation eased tensions of a long-running dispute in Mora County by working with the New Mexico State Land Office to improve vehicular access to 6,000 acres plus walk-in access to another 6,000 acres of State Trust Lands in the White Peak area. RMEF provided almost $20,000 in funding to blade a …

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Volunteers Work Together to Help Michigan Elk, Elk Country

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Huron Pines AmeriCorps to spice up elk country in Michigan’s Pigeon River Country State Forest. The volunteers removed old fencing, other debris and planted 40 oak trees to benefit elk habitat. “It’s important to me because I want to have somewhere for our kids, our grandkids and great grandkids to come out, to preserve this for the rest of our lives,” …

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RMEF Promotes Mission Priorities in Washington, D.C.

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RMEF President and CEO Kyle Weaver, immediate past Board Chair Chuck Roady and Government Affairs Director Mark Lambrecht recently returned from a whirlwind tour through the nation’s capital the first week of September to promote key conservation projects and advocacy issues. The group visited with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and key …

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RMEF, Partners Celebrate North Carolina Elk Country

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation  joined the Conservation Fund, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to celebrate the private-public partnership working to protect critical lands within the Maggie Valley watershed for wildlife and nearby communities of western North Carolina.  The 2,030-acre William H. Silver Game Land was established in 2017 by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to provide much needed habitat for North Carolina’s growing elk population and other species, and to bring …

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Turning a Gold Mine into Golden Habitat

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549 acres and 3 billion gallons protected and secured Almost 30 years ago, RMEF played a pivotal role in forever protecting Dome Mountain, indispensable winter range for the Northern Yellowstone elk herd. In the dark days of the early 1900s when fewer than 50,000 elk remained in North America, animals from this herd literally restored wild elk across the continent. Last August the herd received crucial insurance for its future when RMEF joined forces with …

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RMEF, Partners Take Action, Protect Popular Recreation Area, Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—A 120-acre tract of wildlife and riparian habitat in western Montana, under threat of development, is now permanently protected and open to public access thanks to timely collaborative work by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners. “This project is a big win for a multitude of reasons,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s a win for elk and other wildlife. It’s a win for multiple-use and it’s a win for …

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RMEF Helps Introduce Maine Kids to the Outdoors

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined several other partners in helping to introduce eight boys and girls in Maine to a wide range of outdoor skills. It happened at the fourth annual North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association Hunger Program camp. Each camper spent the three-day weekend matched up with a mentor and a trained bird dog. Activities included gun safety, clay shooting, duck calling, fire building compass reading and learning about conservation. Go here …

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Tucannon Washington Public Access Project

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The numbers don’t lie. A Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation project in the southeast corner of Washington is a big benefit for wildlife and those seeking better public access to wild places. The 58-acre acquisition not only permanently protects that sliver of wildlife habitat but it improves access to 2,600 acres of adjacent public land for hunters, hikers and others to use and enjoy. The property slices through and is surrounded on three sides by the …

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Utah Volunteers Give Elk, Other Critters a Drink

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They gathered as a small army of 60-strong in the mountains of central Utah. Representing six different Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapters, they rolled up their sleeves to build two wildlife water guzzlers on the Fishlake National Forest. The volunteers participated in the Utah Rendezvous, an annual gathering of RMEF members to celebrate elk, elk country, hunting and conservation. The highlight was a hands-on project to provide two water sources. Before the project, elk and …

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Sporting Clays Squad Shines in Pennsylvania

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awards grant funding to scores of organizations every year to assist them in their efforts and to help ensure the future of our hunting heritage. One of those groups, the Greene County Scholastic Clay Target Program team, took full advantage by racking up 34 awards during the recent state meet in Pennsylvania. According to the Observer-Reporter, more than 225 young shooters from across the state competed. Team members won four …

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RMEF Gathers with Conservation Leaders in Washington DC

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently took part in the first meeting of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Conservation Council (HSSCC) in Washington DC. RMEF Chief Conservation Officer Blake Henning (third from left in photo) was appointed to the 18-member council that also includes 11 alternate members earlier in 2018. The HSSCC is a federal advisory council that reports directly to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture providing recommendations for policies and regulations benefitting the …