National Elk Refuge plans irrigation project in Wyoming

Jackson, Wyo. (AP) – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson plans to
spend $3.2 million in federal stimulus funds on an irrigation
project to benefit elk.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced that $280
million in stimulus funding will go for improvements at wildlife
refuges and fish hatcheries nationwide. Wyoming projects, including
the elk refuge, will get more than $6 million of the funds.

The National Elk Refuge plans to build a system that will
irrigate 1,600 acres using a combination of sprinkler and flood
techniques. Managers say the irrigation project will increase
natural forage and reduce the need for supplemental feeding of elk
during the winter.

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