It’s an effective working equation: partners plus collaboration equals a big win for wildlife and public access.
It happened in South-Central Washington.
That’s where the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with a conservation-minded family, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Forterra, a Washington-based nonprofit land conservation organization, to permanently protect 4,486 acres of prime wildlife habitat.
The transaction adds that acreage to a now enlarged Oak Creek Wildlife Area about 20 miles northwest of Yakima.
The landscape serves as both crucial habitat and a migration corridor for up to 2,000 elk and a wide array of other species including mule deer, birds, raptors, bats and more than 70 different types of butterflies.
And the new addition conserves more than seven miles of Cowiche Creek, important spawning and rearing habitat for bull trout, Coho and Chinook salmon.
And it’s all accessible to hunters, anglers, hikers, bird watchers and for other recreational activities on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains.
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.
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