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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RMEF Volunteers Beat the Rain, Improve Michigan Elk Country

“Rain, Rain Go Away!" You know, sometimes Mother Nature is just going to do her thing no matter what you have planned. That is exactly what happened at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Michigan Rendezvous. RMEF members representing nine different chapters from all around the state came together for Michigan’s annual gathering of volunteers. They endured a passing thunderstorm and persistent day-long showers but that didn’t stop their desire or their work to enhance the future of elk and elk country in the Great Lakes State.

The rendezvous took place in northern Michigan at the Pigeon River Country State Forest, which includes nearly 100,000 acres of native hardwoods and pines. It is also home to the region’s largest free-roaming elk herd.

The goal was to remove an acre of high fencing originally installed to protect young English Oak seedlings from wildlife. The fence went up two decades years ago but came down in a record time of 55 minutes. As is the case when RMEF volunteers get together, they also enjoyed great food, camaraderie and hunting stories around the fire. Weekend activities also included camping, elk viewing and a tour of past projects.

The group consisted of volunteers from the following Michigan chapters: Alpena, Dundee, Grand Haven, Lansing, Livonia, Mt. Pleasant, Petoskey, Saginaw and Traverse City. 

Go here to learn more about the RMEF in Michigan, and here to follow RMEF-Michigan on Facebook.

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