RMEF awards $71,000 to Pennsylvania projects

(Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $71,055 in grant funding to bolster hunting heritage outreach and habitat stewardship projects across 36 counties in Pennsylvania, the RMEF said in a news release.

“Twenty-seven of the 30 granted projects are directed toward youth camps, hunter and outdoor education, shooting sports and conservation-related activities and events.” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.

Three additional projects focus on wildlife habitat. One of them, in Cameron County, seeks to enhance and expand habitat in State Game Land 14 through a combination of noxious weed treatments, clearing stumps and woody debris, implementing seeding and fertilizing, and creating new forage openings that benefit elk and other wildlife. Another, RMEF’s first in Potter County, improves elk habitat in the Susquehannock State Forest, according to the release.

The grants provide funding for projects in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mercer, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Potter, Schuylkill, Somerset, Sullivan, Venango, Warren and Westmoreland Counties. There are also two projects of statewide benefit.

There are nearly 13,000 RMEF members and 28 chapters in Pennsylvania. Since 1991, RMEF and its partners have completed 425 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Pennsylvania with a combined value of more than $25 million, the RMEF said, adding that these projects protected or enhanced 26,907 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 10,152 acres.

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