Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Nevada Volunteers Dig Deep to Help Thirsty Elk

One of the best ways Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers work to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage is to not just kick around ideas of potential habitat enhancement projects, but to roll up their sleeves, dig in and get dirty. Case in point, check out a recent project in the bone-dry Nevada desert that is now an oasis of sorts--a new water source for elk, deer and other critters.

The RMEF ponied up $15,500 as part of a cooperative effort to fund and construct what’s now called the Rimrock Guzzler. Located on the east side of the Grant Mountain Range near the mouth of Rimrock Canyon in Nye County on the Ely Ranger District of the Hyumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the guzzler consists of two 1,800 gallon wildlife drink tanks. It also contains a 30’ by 100’ collection apron, a screen, pipe and fittings. 

Volunteers from the RMEF Ely Chapter worked with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to connect the two guzzlers in tandem so gravity feeds water from the collection apron into the first guzzler and then overflows downhill into the second unit. Crews also built a four-strand barbwire fence with treated corner posts around the apron and a pipe rail fence around the tanks to protect them from any nearby livestock and wild horses. Motion detection cameras will be used to monitor the site. Though only in use a few months, wildlife such as elk, deer and antelope are already using the guzzler.

Thank you volunteers and our partners!

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