“This funding helps enhance nearly 15,000 acres of Washington’s elk country, some of which is ailing due to the spread of noxious weeds and encroaching conifers that choke out native shrubs and grasses so crucial for elk and other wildlife species,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.
Eleven projects benefit habitat across Asotin, Chelan, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Kittitas, Skamania and Yakima Counties. There are an additional four projects of statewide benefit.
Washington is home to 23 RMEF chapters and more than 14,000 members.
“We greatly appreciate our volunteers for the time and effort they put forth in raising vital funding for RMEF’s mission that is placed back on the ground in their home state,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.
Since 1986, RMEF and its partners completed 729 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Washington with a combined value of more than $132.1 million. These projects protected or enhanced 502,135 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 130,372 acres.