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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) gives $276K for Idaho projects

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) awarded $276,584 to Idaho for wildfire restoration efforts as well as habitat enhancement projects and research focused on a declining elk population, the organization said in a press release. “The 2014 grants will positively affect nearly 76,000 acres in Ada, Adams, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Camas,Clearwater, Elmore, Idaho, Owyhee, Shoshone, Teton and Valley Counties. There is also one project of statewide interest,” RMEF officials said.  “Wildfire decimated huge swaths of Idaho’s landscape over the past year. similar websites This funding includes more than $67,000 that will directly help rehabilitate and restore crucial forest habitat for elk and other wildlife,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We also made a significant contribution focusing on elk populations in the Clearwater Basin where herds are struggling because of habitat issues and an increasing wolf population.” RMEF volunteers in Idaho raised the project funding through banquets, membership drives and other activities. “Idaho elk country is getting this shot in the arm thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers. Year-in and year-out, they continue to make a difference for elk and other wildlife in their own backyard,” added Allen. Read the rest of the story here. –Idaho Statesman

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