The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is known for protecting and preserving habitats anywhere they are located in the United States including some of the lesser known areas like Minnesota. From time immemorial, elk were native and native to the forests of MN, but over time they have been overharvested and driven out like many other areas. With the help of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), the state of Minnesota has restored a viable elk herd, and RMEF has improved its efforts to conserve and grow that herd’s population.
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With more than 7,400 RMEF members and 19 chapters in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes has a lot of people working to improve Minnesota’s elk habitat. “We appreciate the volunteers who worked so hard to generate this funding so they can get back on the ground in the state they live in,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF’s President and CEO. All counties and programs that benefited from this fundraising in 2021 can be read below:
- Kitson County – Creation and maintenance of high quality plots of 50 acres within the Wildlife Management (WMA) and private lands of the Karlstad region.
- Marshall County – Mow 500 acres of mature grassland to stimulate early successive re-growth within Thief Lake WMA (also benefits Beltrami County).
- Nicolette County – Provide funding and volunteer workforce to support the 2021 Minnesota Youth Outdoor Activity Day for nearly 200 boys and girls to learn about conservation and participate in more than 40 hands-on skills including trap shooting, shooting, bow hunting, cooking and more.
- Scott County – Provided funding for a three-day pheasant hunting workshop geared to women including teaching the basics of guns and safety, working with dogs and other skills (also benefiting from Le Sueur and Pine counties).
- at the state level – Provide funding to help the 2022 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Trap Shooting Championship. More than 340 high school teams and 8,000 student athletes are expected to participate.
- A mere 500 acres of brush within the Grygla, Moose River, Thief Lake and Wapiti WMAs and create five miles of fire to prepare the units for future prescribed burning.
As you can see, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation not only strives to improve habitats and elk herds, but also looks within regions to foster and grow the archery and hunting community as well. As always, tell us all your thoughts in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.