September 10, 2012
RMEF Secures First Conservation Easement in Nevada, Protects Key Wildlife Habitat
MISSOULA, MT—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation completed its first Nevada conservation easement which now protects 645 acres of prime elk habitat for a regional herd.
“This is big for us,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “RMEF has a history in Nevada that dates back decades, but this working relationship with a conservation-minded family solidifies the positive impact we can have on elk now and in the years to come.”
Located near Wells in the northeast part of the state, the property is home to 100 to 300 elk during all seasons, and provides crucial habitat as a calving area. It is an island of vital forage with a seasonal creek and five spring-fed ponds in an area of checkerboard ownership heavily grazed, both on public and private lands. It is also provides key habitat for mule deer, antelope and sage grouse.
“I have always had the goal of keeping it for wildlife. That’s why I bought it and what I enjoy about it,” said landowner and RMEF member Gardner Davis. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is one of the very few organizations I believe in.”
Since 1988, RMEF completed 194 projects in Nevada resulting in more than 12,000 acres of permanent land protection, and protecting or enhancing more than 276,000 acres of habitat. RMEF funding is already in place for prescribed burns planned for either this fall or next spring to improve forage on the Davis property.
“Landowners like Gardner and Janelle Davis make a tremendous difference for elk and elk country,” added Allen. “Their examples are vital in helping carry out our mission of conserving habitat and ensuring the future of our hunting heritage.”
While not open for public access, Davis does allow hunters to use his land if they seek written permission.