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RMEF puts $275K to work on elk habitat

Grant funding recently awarded by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) will benefit projects for habitat stewardship and hunting heritage in North Central Idaho.

RMEF awarded $274,556 this month to 14 projects in Idaho that will benefit nearly 17,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

Within Idaho County, grant funds will go toward treating 1,000 acres for noxious weeds. This will be followed by seeding and fencing 100 acres to protect from livestock grazing on a RMEF-held conservation easement property to increase the quality and quantity of forage for elk and deer herds.

Work that will also benefit Idaho County will be conducted in neighboring Clearwater County.

RMEF provided the Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) funding in support of extensive landscape restoration, including the restoration of healthy elk habitats and populations in the Clearwater Basin of North Central Idaho where elk populations have declined; provide TFE funding for continuing elk habitat use and nutrition status research in the Clearwater Basin as a precursor to large-scale habitat restoration efforts; and remove mature aspen and encroaching conifer on 50 acres of the Clearwater National Forest to release aspen regeneration.

“Elk need quality habitat to survive and thrive,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “These grant funds go directly toward research and on-the-ground habitat stewardship projects that benefit elk and a wide range of other wildlife species.”

RMEF volunteers in the state of Idaho generated the funding by hosting banquets, membership drives and other events.

Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 526 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combined value of more than $65.9 million. These projects conserved and enhanced 470,847 acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 24,817 acres.


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