Volunteers in Action: Ready for Rain
Utah volunteers build new guzzler for wildlife
By Mark Holyoak, Director of Communication
What makes a good Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
outing even better? Getting your hands a little dirty for a
good cause, of course. Working on committees is only part
of the work RMEF volunteers can do to carry out our
mission. Equally important are the days spent in the field,
working on projects that enhance habitat for elk and other
That’s what happened at the 2015 Utah RMEF State
Rendezvous, where some five dozen members and
volunteers from six RMEF chapters gathered on an early
summer weekend in central Utah. The hands-on highlight
was a team effort at Monroe Mountain on the Fishlake
The Lone Pine guzzler project is an example of
ingenuity and shows off the power of elbow grease.
Volunteers of all ages used parts of a 20-plus-year-old
water collection system that was in complete disrepair.
They rebuilt the apron and fencing around the entire
project area. They also installed a new tank, plumbing and
This was an epic water catchment project that will
have huge benefits for the Monroe Mountain elk herd. This
is where the famous ‘Spider Bull,’ a world record bull elk at
the time, was taken,” said Bill Christensen, RMEF regional
director. “Around 60 Utah RMEF volunteers put in a
complete guzzler at Lone Pine Ridge. And they did it in
Work that began early Saturday morning was
wrapped up by 4 p.m. the same day, the project complete.
The revamped and overhauled guzzler was ready for rain.
Just 10 days later, the hoped-for was exactly what
happened! A monsoon weather pattern passed over the
arid region and rained down on the mountain, filling the
guzzler with water.