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Monday, April 6, 2015

RMEF Grants to Assist Elk Restoration, Research, Habitat Enhancement in Wisconsin

Below is a complete listing of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2014 grants for the state of Wisconsin. Find more information here.

Ashland County—Enhance elk forage on 320 acres on the Chequamegon National Forest through maintenance of existing forage openings and accelerated restoration of aspen forage habitat via mowing, hand-clearing, prescribed fire and timber sale (also affects Sawyer County); and provide funding to cover the cost of electricity fees associated with the Clam Lake interactive elk information kiosk.

Bayfield County—Provide funding for the Wisconsin RMEF Bugle Days Rendezvous which promotes the celebration, history, and future of the Wisconsin elk herd, and also includes opportunities for volunteers to take elk bugling tours and participate in an elk habitat work project as well as other activities.

Bedford County—Host a SAFE (Shooting Access for Everyone) Challenge booth at the Kicking Bear event in West Salem.

Burnett County—Provide funding and volunteer support for the annual Coyland Creek Youth in the Outdoors Day in northwestern Wisconsin for a series of hands-on activities and demonstrations including shooting, archery, canoeing, fishing, orienteering, pack mules, survival skills, building a campfire and education about the state’s elk herd (also affects attendees from Barron, Polk, St. Croix and Washburn Counties).

Chippewa County—Provide funding and RMEF volunteer support for the Indianhead Hunter Safety certification class and field day.

Columbia County—Provide funding for more than 1,400 students from around Wisconsin to participate in dozens of outdoor skills activities at the first annual Midwest Outdoor Heritage Expo in Poynette where they learn about wildlife habitat, conservation, the value of hunting, ethics, wildlife management, forestry, natural history and Wisconsin's outdoor heritage.

Dunn County—Provide funding for the NRA’s Women on Target program which offers women an introduction to shooting sports where they learn safe gun handling, how to accurately shoot, and learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime (also affects Eau Clair and Chippewa Counties).

Eau Claire County—Provide funding to assist the Eau Claire High School Trap Club with purchasing guns, shell bags, safety glasses, ear protection, shell belts and other supplies; and provide funding for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club which promotes conservation and shooting sports to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women.

Grant County—Provide support to encourage youth participating in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League to enjoy the outdoors and learn about gun safety and discipline through hunting and shooting.

Jackson County—Provide $300,000 in funding over three years to help continue the ongoing restoration of Wisconsin’s elk herds and expand the herd into new areas (also affects Ashland and Sawyer Counties); and improve early successional habitat by treating, and then seeding, 30 acres adjacent to potential release sites for the Black River elk reintroduction thereby maintaining high quality habitat near the core of the Black River elk herd range.

Kenosha County—Provide funding to assist the Central Falcons shotgun team to attend the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship in Illinois; and co-sponsor and provide volunteer support for the Halter Wildlife Youth Day which offered youth ages 5-15 a gun safety course, rifle shooting, sporting clays, fly casting, duck calling, duck identification, dog training and conservation, and habitat lessons.

LaCrosse County—Use the Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) to fund an elk education trunk; provide funding for the Boy Scouts of America Gateway Area Council Trailblazer Spring Camporee which offers hands-on instruction in firearms safety, fishing, archery, trapping and more;; provide funding for the Youth Outdoor Fest where children get hands-on experience from professionals in camping, fishing, archery, air rifle, canoeing, kayaking, boating, bird watching and animal identification; provide funding and RMEF volunteer support for the West Salem Rod and Gun Club Youth Day which offers turkey and deer calling, treestand safety, a "floating target" archery station and RMEF’s SAFE Challenge BB gun range; and provide support for the RMEF LaCrosse Chapter’s youth events.

Marathon County—Provide funding and volunteer support for Marathon County Sporting Heritage Youth Day which offers education in hunting, fishing, and trapping; and provide support for classes taught by Weston Hunter Safety instructors.

Monroe County—Provide funding to cover the cost of ammunition, transportation and program promotion for the Tomah Warrens Shooting Alliance’s youth shooting club.

Oneida County—Provide support for the Oneida County Sheriff's Department’s hunter education classes that focus on safe gun handling and encouraging new hunters to be safe, ethical and responsible while in the field; and co-sponsor the Northwoods Youth Deer Hunting Challenge which includes indoor archery, educational displays, awards, prizes, dinner and other activities (also affects Iron and Vilas Counties).

Outagamie County—Provide funding for a SAFE Challenge booth at a youth event in Shiocton.

Polk County—Host a SAFE Challenge booth at the Richardson Sportsmen Club Youth in the Outdoors event in Clayton.

Price County—Provide funding for the Phillips Sportsmen’s Club Youth Day which exposes youth ages 10-16 to outdoor activities including archery, shooting, and fishing; and provide support for the 14-week summer schedule of the Phillips Sportsmen’s Club Youth Trap League.

Racine County—Provide funding for the Union Grove High School shooting sports program to encourage more youth to participate in the shooting sports, fundamentals, safety and sportsmanship.

Richland County—Contribute to reward fund set up to help solve vandalism done to Richland Center High School’s FFA pheasant program after raising pens were damaged, 39 birds were killed and others escaped.

Sawyer County—Use radio telemetry and trail cameras in both the Clam Lake elk range and Black River elk range to estimate post-release survival, recruitment, and habitat selection in order to provide information for future elk releases and management (also affects Price and Jackson Counties); provide funding for the Hayward Outdoor Youth Day which offers disadvantaged youth an opportunity to learn about the outdoors including archery, fishing, outdoor cooking, plant identification, dog training, BB gun shooting and trapping demonstrations; and provide TFE funding to enhance 450 acres through a variety of treatments including prescribed fire, mowing, and planting on the Flambeau River State Forest and Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area (also affects Price County); and provide funding for the construction of two four-acre acclimation pens within the Clam Lake elk range for the placement of supplemental elk being brought in to improve genetic diversity and augment herd productivity.

St. Croix County—Provide support and volunteer coaching for the recently organized Scholastic Clay Target Program’s Hudson Raider Shooting Club shooting team.

Statewide—Provide funding to support the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association’s involvement in its shooting sports activities; provide funding for the refurbishing and reinforcement of an elk head mount and base that is used at youth and SAFE events, exhibits, and RMEF big game banquets; provide TFE funding for the donation of 4,000 RMEF youth membership knives to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to assist its Hunter Education courses throughout the year; provide funding to pay for repairs to the Clam Lake kiosk computer system; and provide funding to help cover the cost of the 2014 Wisconsin hunting regulations manual.

Partners for the Wisconsin projects include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and various sportsmen, wildlife, civic, tribal and government organizations.

RMEF uses proceeds from the TFE solely to further its core mission programs of permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.

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