The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided $233,726 in grants to fund 22 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in Idaho.
“There are many places in Idaho’s backcountry where overly thick forests and noxious weeds are taking a toll on forage and habitat,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This funding allows managers to pay for and implement on-the-ground treatments that benefit elk, deer and a wide range of other wildlife.”
The projects positively impact 26,339 acres of wildlife habitat across Adams, Bear Lake, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Camas, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Shoshone, Teton and Valley Counties. There are also three projects of statewide benefit.
“We are grateful to our dedicated volunteers who raised this funding by hosting banquets and other events,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “Without them, this habitat work would not take place.”
RMEF has more than 9,000 members and 16 chapters in Idaho.
Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 554 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combined value of more than $80.1 million. These projects protected or enhanced 487,600 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 24,817 acres.