MISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $274,556 in grant funding to assist with research, habitat stewardship work and hunting heritage projects across the state of Idaho.
Fourteen projects benefit nearly 17,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Blaine, Bonneville, Camas, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Gooding, Idaho, Latah, Lemhi, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington Counties. There is one additional project of statewide benefit.
“Elk need quality habitat to survive and thrive,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “These grant funds go directly toward research and on-the-ground habitat stewardship projects that benefit elk and a wide range of other wildlife species.”
RMEF volunteers in the state of Idaho generated the funding by hosting banquets, membership drives and other events.
Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 526 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combine value of more than $65.9 million. These projects conserved and enhanced 470,847 acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 24,817 acres.
Here is a sampling of the 2017 projects, listed by county: