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Volunteers Plant a Brighter Future for Washington Elk

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Pickups, ATVs, work gloves and a crew of 13 volunteers with a desire to make habitat better for elk and other critters recently got together for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation outing near Mt. St. Helens in southwest Washington. The group planted 8,000 seedlings of several different types of deciduous trees, berry bushes and other vegetation that will nourish not only the local elk population but up to 200 other species that share the same landscape. …

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Tex Creek Idaho – onX Hunt Public Access Project

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Putting a puzzle together takes both patience and persistence. When your puzzle is a wild landscape, it also takes partnerships and vision. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with conservation-minded landowners, the Bureau of Land Management and the Idaho department of Fish and Game to piece together four sections of elk habitat in southeast Idaho. Beginning in 1997 and wrapping up in 2016, RMEF helped carry out four different project phases that transferred 3,250 …

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Volunteers Contribute $24 Million in Value to RMEF Mission

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MISSOULA, Mont.—How valuable are volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation? In 2018, the value of their donated time and labor equates to $24.1 million. “The monetary value of $24.1 million in time and labor is staggeringly impressive, but honestly what our volunteers do for RMEF’s mission is truly priceless,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “A number does not do them justice in regard to the time and effort they put forth or …

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New Mexico Burn a Good Thing for Elk, Other Wildlife

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A prescribed burn for the Gila National Forest in western New Mexico benefits habitat for wildlife. Funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the project covers 4,100 acres in the Quemado Ranger District. Firefighters use a five-day window to ignite ponderosa pine, other mixed conifers and grasses. According to New Mexico fire officials, prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. The fires mimic …

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Nebraska Elk Country Conserved, Permanently Protected

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MISSOULA, Mont.—More than 3,600 acres of wildlife habitat is now permanently protected thanks to a series of conservation easements placed on private land by the Nebraska Land Trust (NLT) with important funding provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “We are grateful for our NLT partners for spearheading this vital conservation work,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We also appreciate landowners who recognized the value of the habitat on their land and then …

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Biologists Place More Collars on Wyoming Elk

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Wildlife biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently partnered to deploy an additional 26 GPS collars on cow elk at the National Elk Refuge. About the time when biologist think they know what elk do seasonally each year, they then throw a curve ball. For example, in 2018 about 2,500 elk that traditionally winter in the Gros Ventre drainage pretty much all decided to vacate the area …

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Colorado Burns to Improve Wildlife Habitat

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Tis the season of the spring green-up. It’s also a time when prescribed burn projects are planned to enhance forage for elk, deer and other wildlife. Such activities are scheduled to take place near Eagle, Colorado, about 125 miles west of Denver. Town officials say prescribed burns in Eagle, Grand and Moffat Counties are designed to reduce pinyon-juniper expansion and help restore sagebrush and ponderosa pine communities. Prescribed fires reduce dense vegetation and other fuels …

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Wisconsin Awaits Final Shipment of Kentucky Elk

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Approximately four dozen elk are in an oversized holding pen in Kentucky awaiting transfer to their new home in northern Wisconsin. Once that takes place, in early April 2019, the animals will again be held in quarantine to be checked for disease until their release sometime this summer. The transfer caps a five-year agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kentucky crews captured the elk in …

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RMEF Donation Benefits Oregon College, Conservation

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The Snake River Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $500 to benefit the Natural Resources Department at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon. The funding will go toward an endowed scholarship at the school. Students assist the local chapter in its efforts of raising funds for RMEF’s mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. “With the help of Marcus (Nichols, Natural Resources instructor) and …

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RMEF, Partners Honored for North Carolina Riparian Habitat Work

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and seven other organizations received recognition for protecting the rivers, streams and reservoirs that make up the drinking supply of Haywood County, North Carolina. RMEF and its partners worked to permanently protect and conserve several pieces of prime elk habitat in the western portion of the state near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the Smoky Mountain News, other partners who received the Pigeon River Award include the Maggie …

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La Barge Creek Wyoming Public Access Project

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Sometimes acquiring private land to permanently protect its wildlife values and then conveying it to an agency so it becomes open to public access, just isn’t enough. Simply put…sometimes stuff happens. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a landowner and several other partners to obtain a 160-acre property in southwest Wyoming. Nestled in the Wyoming Range at the confluence of Miller and La Barge Creeks, it provides important winter range for elk, moose, mule …