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Monday, April 28, 2014

Conservation Partners Team Up to Secure Public Access to 18,000 Acres

Frye Mesa Access Project
A major point of emphasis for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission is to open, secure and improve access to public land for hunters, anglers, hikers and others to enjoy. Sometimes, it’s RMEF that leads the way. Sometimes, it’s more of a joint effort between like-minded conservation organizations and other groups. Other times, RMEF plays more of a minor supporting role. The latter is the case in a recent public access project that opened the door to thousands of acres of state and federal land in Arizona.

RMEF teamed up with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Yamaha, the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, Mule Deer Foundation, the Arizona State Chapter of the Safari Club International, Tread Lightly, local landowners and the town of Thatcher, Arizona, to complete the Frye Mesa Access Project. This unique collaboration between the private sector, non-governmental organizations and government agencies secured a half mile of road right-of-way from two landowners to ensure public access to 18,500 acres on Mount Graham, the highest point in the Coronado National Forest. 

To be more specific, RMEF provided $5,000 in funding applied to the acquisition of the right-of-way, movement of a fence and installation of a cattle guard. 

The bottom line is it took a team to successfully pull off this project and it’s the public that comes out the big winner. Here’s to more access!

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