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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

RMEF Volunteers Beat the Heat to Help New Mexico Elk

You’ve got to have water, especially if you live in the sun-scorched Southwest. Several members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Albuquerque Chapter joined together with others this past summer to make water more available for elk, mule deer and other wildlife.

The volunteers put on their sunscreen, hats, and work gloves and got after it with their shovels, pipe wrenches and other tools to improve the water supply on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro lands about 75 miles south of Albuquerque in New Mexico. RMEF also pitched in $5,500 in grant money for one of the two projects. The goal was to set “wings” on two 3,500 gallon storage tanks, allowing them to gather more water for animals who need a dependable supply.

Volunteers also set new plumbing lines; tied in existing but old lines from a previous tank; installed check valves, a shut-off valve and float bowl with a tire drinker; removed fencing that encompassed four acres; rolled three-strand smooth wire and pulled and stacked posts. 

RMEF partners who stepped up to help included the National Wild Turkey Federation, New Mexico Game and Fish, and the BLM.

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