Elk NetworkRestoring Elk Country – 2020 Accomplishment Recap

Conservation | February 8, 2021

Restoring Elk Country…presented by Leupold

Abundant, quality habitat for elk and other wildlife is an absolute must for populations to thrive.

Without food, water, shelter and space to roam, that simply will not happen.
A focus on restoring and enhancing elk habitat has always been a top priority for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Despite the challenging circumstances in 2020, RMEF committed $3.4 million toward 214 habitat stewardship projects all across elk country last year.

Those dollars leveraged an additional $27.7 million in partner funding that will positively impact 274,073 acres of wildlife habitat over the next two years.

Examples of these 2020 projects included shoring up Pennsylvania forage openings, improving habitat connectivity along a North Carolina-Tennessee landscape, brushland treatment and restoration in both Minnesota and Arizona, constructing wildlife water guzzlers such as this one in Colorado,
building new wildlife crossings like this one in Oregon, and applying prescribed fire to improve both California wildlife habitat and overall forest health.

These projects combine with scores of others around the nation to enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.

Restoring elk country is core to RMEF’s mission.

Since 1984, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners completed nearly 13,000 conservation and hunting heritage projects that protected or enhanced more than 8.1 million acres of wildlife habitat.