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RMEF Partners for Conservation, Public Access, in the Big Hole

     The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has teamed up with the BLM and a conservation-minded landowner to do what RMEF does best: Conserve wildlife habitat and enhance public access. 

     Using the Land and Water Conservation Fund Emergency Inholding Program, RMEF and the BLM worked to secure a 40-acre Big Hole area inholding, which enhances public access to 1,600 acres of public land.

     “No matter the size, every piece of elk habitat counts,” said Kyle Weaver, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

     “The Johnson Creek acquisition will maintain important habitat connectivity for wildlife and improve public land access for recreationists,” added Lindsey Babcock, Butte field manager of BLM’s Western Montana District.

PHOTO: The RMEF and BLM teamed up with landowners to acquire a parcel about 10 miles northwest of Wise River that is important winter range for elk, mule deer and moose. RMEF Photo