RMEF & PARTNERS CONTRIBUTE NEARLY $300K TO NEVADA HABITAT – Nevada received $295,830 in grants. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and their partners granted the funds to improve wildlife habitat and boost Nevada’s hunting heritage. RMEF donated $66,500 and garnered another $229,330 from partners.
“This grant funding helps address the invasion of pinyon and juniper trees continually pushing their way into historic grasslands and sagebrush steppe habitats. Removing or thinning this encroaching growth will improve forage for elk and a wide array of other wildlife species.” – Blake Henning, RMEF Chief Conservation Officer
RMEF in Nevada
There are approximately 4,000 Nevada RMEF members and 12 chapters throughout the state. The Nevada RMEF Banquet in Reno originally scheduled Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 has been cancelled. The cancellation cites RMEF’s response to COVID-19. For details regarding Nevada RMEF banquets, contact:
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“We thank our volunteers who raised funding by hosting fundraising events, membership drives and other activities. Without them, this work would not take place on the scale that it does.” – Kyle Weaver, RMEF President and CEO
2020 Nevada RMEF Projects by County
- Provide funding for Nevada Outdoor School to host youth camps that help strengthen outdoor skills and ethics and provide recreational opportunities and team building for participants in grades pre-K through 10th.
- Thin pinyon and juniper trees encroaching on 717 acres of sagebrush habitat in the Cloverdale Summit area within the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. In addition, the project reduces the likelihood of intense wildfire and the spread of invasive species while increasing water availability. It benefits elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, greater sage grouse and other wildlife.
- Thin pinyon and junipers encroaching on 2,152 acres of sagebrush steppe habitat in the Indian Valley area within the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is adjacent to the project mentioned above with similar benefits.
- Provide funding to stock ponds with fish for the Rotary Club of Tonopah’s annual fishing day derby. Additionally, RMEF volunteers also assist with stocking, registration, providing instruction and help for participants (also benefits Esmeralda County).
White Pine County
- Thin or remove encroaching conifers across 1,200 acres of sagebrush steppe and mountain brush on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management near the historic mining town of Cherry Creek.
- In addition, partners include the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and sportsmen, conservation and business groups as well as private citizens.