A stellar reputation can spark action.
In this case, it translated into a big win for public access.
A Montana landowner who recognizes the importance of accessible land and stated the conservation work carried out by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation sparked his own conservation ethic, donated 3,450 acres of prime wildlife habitat to RMEF.
The land is located about 45 miles east of RMEF headquarters in western Montana.
It contains four miles of perennial streams, including parts of three Clark Fork River tributaries.
Biologists say combining that with south-facing slopes equates into critical winter range for elk, mule deer and whitetail deer.
It is also home to other wildlife, birds and key riparian habitat as well.
RMEF opened the property for walk-in hunting, hiking and other recreational activities as it formulates a management and long-term ownership plan.
In the fall, hunters can expect the property to be part of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ block management program.
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners opened or improved public access to more than 1.3 million acres of land.
To learn more about the sites and boundaries of RMEF access projects near you or your favorite hunting area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App.
Plus, use the code R-M-E-F when you sign up for your new onX subscription to receive a 20 percent discount, and a portion of the proceeds benefit RMEF’s mission.