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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How Conservation Easements Benefit Wildlife and Hunters

Protecting vital habitat lies at the core of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. But what if that habitat is on private land?

RMEF will often meet with private landowners to talk about placing a conservation easement on their property. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement with a landowner that will forever protect the land from development and other uses that could diminish its wildlife habitat values, but still allows for many traditional land uses such as farming and ranching. The land remains in private ownership and in many instances the landowner may qualify for tax benefits. Although it is not required, RMEF also encourages landowners to allow public access. 

How do conservation easements benefit hunters who may not have access to those private lands? Randy Newberg, RMEF board member and avid public lands hunter, explains below.

RMEF is most interested in private working lands that are high quality elk habitat and working ranch lands, near elk migration routes or are large enough to support elk populations and include valuable water, range land and forest resources.

To date, RMEF currently holds more than 200 conservation easements across 16 different states that protect more than 375,000 acres. 

Go here to learn more about RMEF’s conservation efforts.

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