By The Chronicle team
Wildlife habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in Washington state received more than $ 1.9 million in funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) this year, according to A press release.
One of the focal points of the 23 RMEF Washington Chapters is the Mount St. Helens elk herd. A portion of the grant was spent treating 160 acres of noxious weeds to improve native plant species for the herd and other wildlife in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount St. Helens Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
“This funding helps improve nearly 15,000 acres of Washington elk country (statewide), some of which are sick due to the spread of noxious weeds and invasive conifers that choke native shrubs and grasses so crucial to elk and other wildlife, ”Blake Henning, RMEF conservation officer said in the statement.
The RMEF directly provided $ 215,712 for this grant, which leveraged an additional $ 1,685,136 in partner dollars.
Founded over 37 years ago, with 231,000 members, the RMEF has conserved more than 8.2 million acres for elk and other wildlife nationwide. The RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and secure the future of America’s hunting heritage. To learn more, visit rmef.org or 1-800-CALL ELK.