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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

RMEF Volunteers Get Dirty to Help Elk Country

Asotin Creek Wildlife Area

They travel many miles from two different states and they’ve done so for more than a decade. Volunteers representing eight different chapters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation from Washington and Idaho gathered in the southeast corner of Washington state to pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and get dirty for the sake of elk and elk country.

For the 11th year, crew members got together for the Asotin Work Project. It took place on May 3-4, 2014, at the Asotin Creek Wildlife Area—an area adopted by RMEF to improve elk country. Thirty-two RMEF volunteers spread out over 8,500 acres to clean, do maintenance and clean out wildlife water guzzlers erected in the past. 
They also resumed a project of a year ago by removing 1.5 miles of old fencing and posts to simplify migration routes for elk and other wildlife. Perhaps the most visual part of the project was the installation of a new 2,000-gallon guzzler that will serve as yet another water source for all types of critters—elk, deer, sheep, bear and many other animals and birds.

Kudos to members of the Colville, Issaquah, Lewis & Clark, Mt. Rainier, Newport, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla RMEF Chapters, along with wildlife students from Washington State University and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

If you would like to become an RMEF volunteer, go here.

Courtesy John Naemura


  1. Hi all,
    What a neat project!
    Photo credit above actually goes to John Naemura, who took some great photos up there.
    Laura Heinse