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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Oregon Elk Get the “All Clear” Thanks to RMEF Volunteers

One of Oregon’s finest elk herds will be able to better navigate the mountains in the northeast part of the state thanks to 16 volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Fourteen adults and two children braved 100 degree temperatures this past summer to help improve 1,350 acres of private land winter range in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit near the Grande Ronde River.

Members of the RMEF La Grande and Pendleton Chapters helped remove and rebuild half a mile of fencing on the Wapiti Ranch, a working cattle ranch about 12 miles west of LaGrande. Workers replaced the woven wire fence with 3-strand wildlife-friendly fencing to reduce wildlife entanglement and improve wildlife migration and passage. The ranch is critical winter range habitat for approximately 500 elk and other species but it’s also a key calving ground.

The landowner worked closely with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the RMEF over the years to implement forest health and wildlife habitat improvement projects.

"The continued success of the Elk Foundation can be attributed to our relentless pursuit of partnership, and this project is no exception,” said Chad Klinkenborg, RMEF north Oregon regional director. “By working together with a private landowner and a state agency we were able to get the right thing done for wildlife."

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