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Native Virginians in Awe, See Elk in Their Home State for the First Time

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“There’s another one!” “Oh my God.” “I can’t believe we’re seeing this.” “I don’t even fully understand all the feelings I experienced the first evening we were there, watching that herd of elk, many born right here in Virginia, grazing along the hillside as the sun set behind them.” “It was awe inspiring to see a wild elk herd in my home state.” Such was the emotional outpouring of ‘proud’ Virginians who saw elk with …

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Western Habitat Treatment Enhances Kentucky Elk Habitat

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Brush chaining is a method used mostly out West to enhance wildlife habitat but the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW) is taking a page from the westerners to improve elk habitat within Kentucky’s borders. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding so KDFW could use two tractors to pull a 360-foot, 18,000-pound chain behind them. The goal is to rip the root systems of the invasive plant autumn olive out of the ground. …

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Oregon Elk Country Gets $270K Upgrade

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $270,840 in grant funding for 22 habitat enhancement and hunting heritage outreach projects across Oregon. The conservation work directly benefits more than 21,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Baker, Benton, Crook, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Lake, Lane, Linn, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler Counties. “Overly thick stands of trees and noxious weeds lead to poor habitat for elk and other wildlife. These grants will enhance that habitat through …

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RMEF at Work – Ray Creek, Montana

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It happened just before the 2014 hunting season. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with the Neild family to acquire nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat in central Montana and then convey it to the Helena National Forest. That piece of property, known as the Ray Creek project, is now in the public’s hands for hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities. The interview shown above was conducted by Brittany Boddington. It touched on RMEF’s …

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Sponsors First-Ever National R3 Symposium

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Below is a news release issued by the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports. (Washington, D.C.) – The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has signed on as a Gold Sponsor for the first-ever National R3 Symposium planned for May 21-23, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. “We commend the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for their steadfast commitment to not only the future …

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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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Utah Receives $219,000 in RMEF Grant Funding to Bolster Wildlife Habitat, Research

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Cache County—Replace half a mile of existing fencing with a lay-down fence that is low maintenance and wildlife-friendly to keep livestock in its designated allotment on the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA); and remove juniper across 873 acres on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Hardware Ranch WMA and private land to rejuvenate a pond and increase grasses and forbs on critical winter range for elk, deer and moose. Carbon County—Remove conifers and aspen from small …

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Celebrating A Chunk of Conserved Montana Elk Country

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They gathered by the hundreds in north-central Montana as members and volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to celebrate elk, elk country and conservation. The Giant Springs Chapter held its annual banquet in Great Falls. It included the usual night jammed full of food, fun and fundraising festivities to benefit conservation but it also featured a celebration within a celebration. Members of the Jennings family along with staffers from the U.S. Forest Service received …

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North Carolina Prescribed Fire to Benefit Wildlife Habitat

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding for low intensity 120-acre controlled burn in North Carolina’s Little Cataloochee within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Officials hope to carry out the work April 12 and 13. The burn is designed to restore oak woodland communities that benefit elk and other wildlife. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Service)

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West Virginia Elk Herd Growing

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By the time calving seasons comes and goes later this spring, West Virginia may have more than 100 elk on the ground. For now, it’s difficult to predict what the exact numbers will be since cow elk recently transported from Arizona are yet to be examined to determine if they’re pregnant. “We’ll want to get that information before we release those animals, but until we turn them loose there’s no real concern,” Randy Kelley, West …

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Grant Funding Benefits Washington Elk, Wildlife Habitat

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $276,491 in grant funding toward 15 habitat enhancement and hunting heritage projects in the state of Washington. The projects positively impact nearly 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat across Asotin, Chelan, Clallam, Columbia, Cowlitz, Garfield, Kittitas, Skamania, Stevens and Yakima Counties. “Overly thick forest stands and noxious weeds crowd out vital forage for elk and other wildlife. This funding will enhance habitat to a more ideal level,” said Blake …