Coco Belle – Public Access Project

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Big things can and do come in small packages. Here’s a perfect example.

In the shadows of the Teton Mountains of western Wyoming near the Idaho border, the Coco Belle project covers a mere 44 acres but it improves access for hunters, hikers and others to more than six thousand acres of what was previously difficult-to-reach public land.

And Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers played a key role in making it all happen.

A father-daughter duo –both RMEF members– developed a relationship with the landowners and notified RMEF about the parcel.

From there, RMEF worked with the landowners to place it in the public’s hands under management of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Before, reaching nearby Bureau of Land Management land and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest from this point, as well as the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area and the Grand Teton National Park beyond that was nearly impossible.

Now, the riparian, mountain forest, meadow and foothills habitat is permanently protected…and benefits a wide variety of bird and animal life including elk, moose and mule deer, plus those who seek to access such country.

Opening and improving public access lies at the heart of RMEF’s conservation mission.

To learn more about RMEF access projects, check out the new RMEF layer by clicking here https://huntsmarter.app.link/Cocobell

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