Wyoming receives over $6 million from RMEF for conservation and habitat projects
Wyoming elk just got a major boost thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and its partners. Together, over $6 million was raised for conserving and improving elk habitat across the Cowboy State as well as enhancing public access and assisting in scientific research, according to a press release.
“This funding is extremely critical and goes on the ground for 20 different projects across the state including wildfire restoration, aspen enhancement, invasive weed control, stabilizing stream bank erosion, conifer thinning, water source improvement and three research projects,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.
“Other projects include conserving more than 2,200 acres of elk habitat, providing funding to improve elk hunting access on private land and more than a dozen projects that support hunting, recreational shooting and outdoors-related endeavors.”
RMEF granted $310,656 and leveraged an additional $5,736,283 in partner donations, resulting in a total of $6,045,939 for 2022, that will go towards projects in 14 counties and fund statewide programs geared towards improving public access on private land, improving and maintaining big game migration corridors and providing more signage for safe wildlife crossings on portions of Highway 34 and I-25. Funds will also support the Wyoming Disabled Hunters organization.