Missoula, Mont. – Sixteen counties in Wisconsin are slated for
wildlife habitat conservation and education projects using $53,172
in new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The 2009 RMEF grants will affect Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett,
Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Iowa, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe,
Oconto, Oneida, Ozaukee, Price, Sawyer, and Washington
“Our volunteers across Wisconsin helped drive the 2008
fund-raisers that made these grants possible. This is where
banquets, auctions, and other events transform into on-the-ground
conservation work, and it’s part of the payday for supporters who
are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors,” said
David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
RMEF grants will help fund the following Wisconsin projects,
listed by county:
Ashland County: Provide funding for radio telemetry equipment
operated by students from Glidden High School to research elk
habitat use and movement patterns in the Clam Lake area (also
affects Price County).
Burnett County: Sponsor Coyland Creek Youth in the Outdoors Day
to educate area youths about conservation.
Door County: Sponsor RMEF Door County Chapter 2009 youth
sporting event to introduce young people to conservation and
Green Lake County: Sponsor Green Lake County Hunter Education
Outdoor Skills Day to introduce youths to conservation and outdoor
recreation (also affects Fond du Lac County).
Iowa County: Sponsor West Park Youth Fishing Day to introduce
young people to outdoor recreation.
La Crosse County: Sponsor Kicking Bear youth event to introduce
young people to conservation.
Marathon County: Sponsor Marathon County 2009 Sporting Heritage
Youth Day to introduce young people to conservation and outdoor
Monroe County: Sponsor the Monroe County hunter education
program to teach safety, ethics, and stewardship.
Oconto County: Sponsor Boy Scouts of America Bay-Lakes Council
Hunter Education course to teach safety, ethics, and
Oneida County: Sponsor the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department
2009 gun safety program to teach hunter safety and education.
Ozaukee County: Sponsor the Ozaukee County 2009 hunter education
program to teach hunter safety and education.
Price County: Sponsor the Phillips-area 2009 Youth Field Day to
introduce youths and others to conservation and outdoor
Sawyer County: Provide funding for highway warning systems,
including a warning light triggered by the radio collars on many
elk in the area, to reduce vehicle collisions with elk (also
affects Ashland, Bayfield, and Price counties); provide funding for
research on genetic variability and health of elk in the Clam Lake
area; mow 55 acres, hand-cut trees and shrubs on 30 acres and
prescribe burn 5 acres to improve habitat for elk and other
wildlife in the Chequamegon National Forest; sponsor the Hayward
Middle School National Archery in the Schools Program; sponsor the
Hayward High School David Brinkman 2009 Memorial Scholarship; and
sponsor the Hayward Outdoor Youth Day.
Washington County: Sponsor the Daniel Boone Conservation League
hunter safety program to teach hunter safety.
Statewide: Sponsor the Wisconsin Outdoor Education Expo for
3,500 youths; sponsor a DNR biologist’s attendance at the 2009
Eastern Elk Management Workshop; provide funding to DNR for
printing the state hunting regulations booklets.
Partners for 2009 projects in Wisconsin include Glidden High
School, UW-Stevens Point, the U.S. Forest Service, the Wisconsin
DNR, and other agencies, corporations, landowners, and
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners have completed more than 160
conservation projects in Wisconsin with a value of more than $5.3
million, according to Allen.