MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation committed more than $1 million to landscape-scale efforts to help restore thousands of acres of public and private forestland, meadows and other landscapes charred by recent wildfires.
“This commitment only solidifies RMEF’s ongoing strategic efforts dating back decades to enhance habitat for elk and a myriad of other wildlife species for their long-term betterment while also improving overall forest health,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We greatly appreciate our partners at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, private landowners and other organizations for implementing actions that benefit, wildlife, hunters and others who enjoy the outdoors.”
Funding for the 2021 work targets 19 different projects across Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming – see list below.
RMEF will review proposals for 2022 projects focused on large-landscape restoration across public and private land.
“What we’re talking about here are treatments like seeding and shrub planting, invasive weed control, timber salvage, wildlife water development repair and other forest restoration and habitat stewardship methods,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “The targeted areas are important for elk and other wildlife, especially critical big game winter range, corridors, movement pathways and connectivity with nearby landscapes.”
RMEF dollars for the project are a combination of funding from its project advisory committees combined with significant contributions from RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment.
Go here to view scientific studies, projects and other information about the importance of active forest management in reducing risk of damaging mega-fires.
- Rafael Wildfire Post-Wildfire Water Development Repair – Kaibab National Forest
- Colter Creek Dirt Tank Post-Wildfire Maintenance – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
- Campbell Flat Tank Post-Wildfire Maintenance – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
- Post-Wildfire Noxious Weed Control – Cecil D. Andrus Wildlife Management Area (Idaho Department of Fish and Game)
- Badger Wildfire Winter Range Restoration– Sawtooth National Forest
- Salmon River Breaks Post-Wildfire Restoration – Salmon-Challis National Forest
- West Lolo Wildfire Restoration, Invasive Weed Control – Lolo National Forest
- Three Rivers Wildfire Tree and Shrub Restoration – Lincoln National Forest
- Bootleg Wildfire Restoration – Fremont-Winema National Forest
- Bennion Wildfire Restoration –Manti-La Sal National Forest & Starvation Creek Wildlife Management Area (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources or DWR, USFS)
- Dollar Ridge & East Fork Post-Wildfire Guzzler Replacement – Ashley National Forest
- East Fork Wildfire Seeding – Uinta Mountains, Ashley National Forest (DWR)
- Miller Creek Watershed Weed Treatment & Stream Restoration – Gordon Creek Wildlife Management Area (DWR)
- Post-Wildfire Shrub Planting – Timpanogos Wildlife Management Area (DWR)
- Richard Mountain Wildfire Seeding – Bureau of the Land Management (Green River District)
- Lick Creek Wildfire Invasive Weed Control and Native Forb Restoration – Umatilla National Forest
- Evans Canyon Wildfire Shrub and Native Forage Restoration – Wenas Wildlife Area (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
- Mullen Wildfire Cheatgrass Control – Medicine Bow National Forest
- Snowy Mountains Post-Wildfire Shrub Restoration – Medicine Bow National Forest
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 37 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved nearly 8.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.