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Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Mexico Elk Habitat, Research Get Boost from RMEF Grants

Below is a complete listing of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2015 grants for the state of New Mexico. Find more information here.

Catron County—Continue mechanical thinning and follow-up burning on 100 acres in the Slaughter Mesa area on the Gila National Forest to restore grasslands and increase forage production on yearlong elk habitat that also benefits mule deer, pronghorn, wild turkey, Mexican spotted owl and other wildlife; and convert an existing but unused 20,000-gallon steel rim tank and associated drinker into a multiple use wildlife-livestock trick tank system by building a water collection skirt to fill the storage tank and repairing the existing guzzler system that transports water to two drinkers downslope into Squirrel Springs Canyon on the Gila National Forest. 

De Baca County—Provide funding to the De Baca County 4-H program for youth ages 9-19 to learn about the safe handling of firearms, take part in competitive shooting and learn other skills in a supervised and healthy setting. 

Grant County—Remove juniper from five units ranging in size from two to 43 acres totaling 66 acres in the Gattons Park area of the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest by using a combination of mechanical and hand thinning to benefit yearlong elk habitat. 

Lincoln County—Provide funding for the Lincoln County 4-H Shooting Sports Program which offers youth ages 9-19 the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities through participation in firearm safety training and shooting sports activities.

Los Alamos County—Provide funding for the Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Challenge, hosted by Los Alamos Young Guns, which gives youth statewide an opportunity to compete in multiple shooting events at no cost and learning through trained instructors.

Rio Arriba County—Apply prescribed fire treatment to 2,600 acres on the Santa Fe National Forest to enhance crucial winter range and yearlong habitat for elk and mule deer (also benefits Sandoval County); and mechanically treat 450 acres of decadent sagebrush on the Jicarilla Ranger District of the Carson National Forest to stimulate sprouting, followed by seeding with native grasses and forbs.

Sandoval County—Provide funding for a continuing study in the Valles Caldera National Preserve to assess the responses of elk to large-scale forest restoration treatments in an effort to help guide future vegetation treatments designed to enhance forage conditions for elk (also benefits Rio Arriba County).

San Juan County—Provide funding for the San Juan Wildlife Federation, based in Farmington, which hosts a Youth Sports Fest to introduce youth to the shooting sports and the principles of wildlife conservation.

Socorro County—Thin pinyon-juniper and small diameter ponderosa pine from 372 acres within the Upper Point of Rocks and Kellog South units on Bureau of Land Management land to enhance habitat within the North San Mateo Landscape area. The treatment also functions as pre-treatment preparation for future prescribed burning.

Statewide—Provide Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) funding for 1,805 hunter orange safety vests for graduates of the New Mexico Game and Fish Hunter Education program.

Partners for the New Mexico projects include the Carson, Gila and Santa Fe National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, as well as various sportsmen and other local organizations.

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

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 205,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.6 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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