Imagine growing up in central Oregon and hunting elk on 43,000 acres of public land. But then getting access to that land just disappeared.
That almost happened south of Prineville in the scenic Crooked River drainage.
At issue was what was thought to be a public road through private land that led to the Ochoco (OH’-chu-koh) National Forest.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided title work and research that showed continuous public use of the road since the late 1800s.
RMEF worked with a group of partners including Waibel Ranches LLC that stepped up to facilitate construction of a new road at their own initiative and their own expense.
They did so to provide access to the same public lands as a means to reduce liability, trespass and other issues associated with public travel along the old Teaters Road.
It is now open for hunters and others to use and enjoy.
Opening and improving public access lies at the heart of RMEF’s conservation mission.
To learn more about RMEF access projects in your area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App to view project sites and boundaries.