Providing high quality habitat (food, water, cover and space) is key to ensuring the future of elk and other wildlife. Research and management projects help manage elk in ways that guarantee productive herds and provide hunter opportunity.
Habitat Stewardship Program Elements
The RMEF’s Habitat Stewardship Program is comprised of three elements: habitat enhancement, wildlife management and research. Financial support for the program comes from RMEF volunteers who raise funds through local chapter events for project grants. The RMEF then works with biologists and land managers to fund projects that will provide wildlife the best bang for the buck.
Ensuring a Future for Elk
The RMEF helps ensure that North America’s elk will remain abundant and healthy
- by working with federal, state, provincial and tribal land managers as well as private landowners to restore healthy habitat on public and private lands
- by supporting management and research efforts by state and provincial agencies, universities and private organizations
Fire suppression, invasive weeds, conifer encroachment and drought all degrade elk habitat. Some, like drought, are just nature’s way. Others, like fire suppression and weeds, are a direct result of human actions. Using tools such as prescribed burning, thinning, fertilization, seeding, water developments, noxious weed treatments and fencing, we are reversing the effects of these impacts on elk country. Many of our projects enhance habitat on public and private lands where elk already exist; some are designed to encourage elk to move onto public lands and away from ranchers’ crops and haystacks.
Providing grants for studies and tools such as new elk census techniques, and telemetry studies to determine habitat use and migration routes, are other ways we help wildlife managers enhance and maintain wild, free-ranging elk populations.
We understand that the future of our wild elk herds depends on good science. Funding projects that research critical factors such as nutritional needs of elk, predation and disease provides biologists with sound, scientific data for effective wildlife and habitat management.