Wyoming wildlife just got a major boost from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF). RMEF and its partners are providing a whopping $10,764,859 in grant funding to go toward 33 projects across the state to support elk, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife, according to a news release.
“There continues to be a great need to restore aspen, fight noxious weeds, establish wildlife-friendly fencing and create public access for hunting and other recreational activities,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “This funding will help all those efforts while also bolstering scientific research and advancing Wyoming’s traditional hunting lifestyle.”
Specifically, 23 conservation projects will provide land protection and public access to 17,643 acres of habitat and 10 other projects will focus on outdoor and hunting heritage efforts. Funding will also go towards two Wyoming wildfire restoration projects.
“Despite living in the state with the smallest population in America, our volunteers in Wyoming continue to do big things,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It is because of their passion and fundraising efforts that these dollars go on the ground to help elk and many other wildlife species.”
Projects will be completed across 15 counties. Funding will also be used to support statewide wildlife projects like the Wyoming Migration Initiative, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Access Yes program, the First Hunt Foundation and Wyoming Disabled Hunters.
For a complete list of projects, click here.