RMEF previously purchased and then transferred 631 acres of prime winter elk habitat on what is now part of the 7,188-acre WMA to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) as a way to permanently protect the land and open access to it for hunters, anglers, hikers and others to enjoy. The southern edge of the property borders the existing WMA while the eastern edge borders Bureau of Land Management land that runs clear to the Madison River. The project included removing a 3,096-square foot house.
Following the fence pull, attendees gathered on the WMA for a barbeque lunch and a dedication ceremony to celebrate the new addition. Attendees included members of the RMEF board of directors, chapter chairs and representatives of FWP, the state of Montana and other groups and organizations. Speakers celebrated the land project and talked about the immediate history of the area as well as its importance to wildlife and Montanans. RMEF also presented Elk Country partnership Awards to FWP employees (photo below) who had key roles in the project.
|Howard Burt (FWP) & Matt Ashley (RMEF), Mike Baugh (RMEF) & Julie Cunningham (FWP), Larry Irwin (RMEF) & Dean Waltee (FWP) (left to right)|
The Madison-Wall Creek project celebration helped ring in Montana Open Land Month which is designed to treasure Montana’s open spaces by getting families outside to experience the land and wildlife, and enjoy access to unique outdoor recreation.