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 other big game crossed a significant stretch of land below, including a state highway deadly for wildlife and dangerous for drivers, to seek water in agricultural areas north of Koosharem.
Men, women and children worked together on Monroe Mountain to erect fence posts and construct the guzzlers. One of them now sits on the east slope of Blue Peak and the other is a 1.25 miles away.