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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Put 'em Up: RMEF Recognized for Fight against Noxious Weeds

Nobody likes weeds—especially elk! Invasive weeds choke out grass and forage in critical range land across elk country. That’s why the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation seeks to constantly flex its collective muscle against all types of noxious weeds.

That’s also why the U.S. Forest Service recently honored RMEF with its 2012 Outstanding Partner Against Invasive Species Award which recognizes a partner or cooperator with the Forest Service that demonstrated outstanding collaboration, cooperation, and achievements related to the management of invasive species at the national, regional, or community level.

Tale of the tape: RMEF vs. noxious weeds
  • Weed control projects date back to 1989 
  • Funding provided for more than 679 weed control projects 
  • More than $5.6 million invested 
  • Public/private partners kicked in an additional $27 million 
  • More than 540,000 acres of prime elk habitat affected 
  • Contributed $2.5 million for efforts on National Forest lands 
  • 349 projects on 45 different National Forests and 3 National Grasslands 
  • Ecologists estimate for every acre directly treated, at least two more acres remain weed-free 
  • If you do that math, RMEF helped keep more than 1.5 million acres free of noxious weeds 

Below is the official declaration:

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, in recognition of their exceptional work as a partner with the Forest Service to manage invasive species threatening aquatic and terrestrial areas of the National Forest System and beyond. The RMEF partnership has helped restore and protect tens of millions of acres of habitat for native fish and wildlife, in multiple states and on numerous National Forests and Grasslands. Their work includes efforts to inventory and map invasive species, prevent and control infestations, conduct early detection activities, educate and raise awareness about the invasive species threat, provide funding for treatment equipment and supplies, and also to rally and unite a multitude of external partners in the public and private sectors to maximize the effectiveness of these invasive species management efforts across the broader landscape.

Deputy Chief, National Forest System

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