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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

California Elk Research, Habitat Work Get a Boost

Below is a complete listing of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2016 grants for the state of California. Go here for more information.

Colusa County—Provide volunteer manpower from five different RMEF chapters to modify half a mile of fencing to allow for easier passage by elk and other wildlife as well as rebuild and reinforce an upper head cut in Craig Canyon on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land within the Cache Creek Natural Area.

Humboldt County—Remove encroaching conifers on 275 acres followed by planting native vegetation to restore coastal prairie habitat on BLM managed land in the King Range.

Mendocino County—Provide funding to assist with securing a 5,200-acre conservation easement on private land located in the northernmost range for tule elk.

Merced County—Provide funding to assist wildlife managers determine elk populations throughout California and better develop sustainable harvest strategies, hunting quotas and track long-term population trends by creating and validating new methods of population estimates through the collection of fecal samples.

Modoc County—Remove encroaching juniper across 4,531 acres in the Blue Mountain area to restore sage steppe habitat to benefit wildlife on the Modoc National Forest; restore 370 acres of aspen stands on the Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District which has sustained a 40 percent decline in aspen habitat.

Monterey County—Provide funding to help stock fish and purchase prizes for those attending an annual youth trout fishing derby at Fort Hunter Liggett to promote fishing as a family bonding experience.

Placer County—Provide funding to help offset the cost of practice, ammunition, supplies and tournament fees for the Roseville High School Trap Team which offers participants the opportunity to learn shooting and team-building skills in a safe environment.

Sacramento County—Provide funding for the annual California Legislature Outdoor Sporting Caucus Shoot which provides a forum for members and staff from the California Legislature, who share a common goal in protecting and advocating the interests of sportsmen and women, to shoot firearms and archery in a safe and fun setting.

San Luis Obispo County—For the tenth year in a row, provide funding and volunteer manpower to host an elk hunt for a first-time youth hunter and their family.  

Santa Barbara County—Provide funding to assist the Debra Takayama Memorial Junior Pheasant Hunt which also educates young hunters about hunter safety, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife management, shooting skills (trap and target), and techniques of pheasant hunting.

Shasta County—Prescribe burn 550 acres in the Green Mountain area on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest as part of a landscape-scale project to enhance habitat for elk, deer and other wildlife, improve forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Siskiyou County—Provide research funding for collars to be placed on approximately 140 elk to assist wildlife managers in determining population trends, reproductive rates, movements, survival of cows and calves and other information in establishing sustainable elk populations and sound hunting proposals (also benefits Modoc, Del Notre, Humboldt and Lassen Counties); provide funding to assist research investigating elk population demographics, abundance and space use of elk populations in northern California (also benefits Modoc and Shasta Counties); and provide funding for the purchase of new bows, arrows and targets for the Siskiyou Bowmen which hosts a youth archery range at the Annual Sportsman Expo.

Yolo County—Assist the NorCal Longshots Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) youth shooting team’s goal of raising enough funds for its qualifying members attend to the SCTP National Championship in Ohio.

Statewide—Provide Torstenson Family Endowment (TFE) funding for the purchase and donation of 816 RMEF youth membership knives to hunter education classes; provide funding to assist University of California-Davis researchers in developing a comprehensive set of  tools for quantifying and mapping the genetic diversity of the state’s three elk subspecies –Roosevelt, Rocky Mountain and tule elk – to help manage for genetic integrity over time; provide funding to assist the California Council of Land Trusts which serves as a unified voice for more than 150 land trusts working in local communities to advance land conservation including policy, funding and education; and provide funding to assist the California Trappers Association in its quest to reverse a decision to ban bobcat trapping in California. 

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