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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Guzzlin' Good Time at the RMEF Utah Rendezvous

Kaden Carter found a new friend

There’s nothing like an oasis in the middle of a scorched desert, even if it is man-made. Thanks to some hard-working volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, elk and other wildlife have a new watering hole to help them survive and thrive in the arid conditions of southern Utah.

More than 30 volunteers gathered to celebrate elk, hunting and conservation at the 2014 Utah Rendezvous. They gathered in the Pine Valley Mountains north of St. George. Although the area is beautiful and boasts prime big game habitat, water is always a concern. The average rainfall is a mere 12.6 inches a year.

Other than the food, family, laughter, more food and fun that are part of every rendezvous, participants also rolled up their sleeves on the Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest and dug in to place a new water guzzler on an old, non-working guzzler site. (A guzzler is a contraption that captures and stores water for wildlife.) They also did some fence work to enhance the area.

Thanks to our Utah volunteers for making a difference in elk country!

If you would like to learn more about becoming an RMEF volunteer, go here.

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