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Big Boost Coming for Utah’s Wildlife, Conservation Efforts

Posted on: Mar 27, 2024

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation committed $760,519 in support of 49 projects across Utah to improve wildlife habitat, further wildlife management, bolster research and support hunting.

Collectively, with dozens of partners ranging from county, state and federal agencies to universities, conservation and sportsmen’s groups, $35.6 million will go on the ground to benefit 104,000 acres of habitat used by elk, mule deer, moose, pronghorn antelope, turkey, birds, fish and other wildlife species, and enjoyed by hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and others.

“This latest batch of habitat stewardship work includes ongoing efforts to restore more than a dozen different watersheds,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “There is also a significant focus on enhancing winter range, migration corridors and supporting wildlife crossings.”

Dating back to 1987, RMEF and its partners completed 858 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Utah that conserved or enhanced 1.4 million acres of habitat. The combined value of that work is more than $184.2 million.

“We are grateful for our RMEF volunteers spread across 16 Utah chapters who are so diligent in generating funding for this conservation work,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.

Click here to view a list of all 49 projects and their locations.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded in 1984 and fueled by hunters, RMEF has conserved more than 8.9 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.