January 2, 2008
Protecting, Enhancing Elk Habitat in Nevada
MISSOULA, Mont.—Its conservation efforts in Nevada have helped protect or enhance an area larger than Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno and Sparks combined, but the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says its work is far from over.
“Thanks to our volunteers, members, donors and partners, we’ve positively impacted 259,753 acres – more than 400 square miles – of elk habitat in Nevada. It’s a conservation effort worth over $11.9 million. And in a state that’s growing as fast as Nevada, that value could be exponentially higher in the not-too-distant future,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Elk Foundation.
The Elk Foundation has been key to several of Nevada’s recent conservation highpoints.
It facilitated creation of the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, a community partnership to help the Bureau of Land Management restore over 12 million acres of public land in the Great Basin. It helped acquire and open to the public the 6,440-acre 3C Ranch south of Ely, now called the Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area. And it collaborated on the acquisition of land and reintroduction of elk to the 4,725-acre Howard Ranch in the Jarbidge Mountains of Elko County.
Through 2007, the Elk Foundation and its partners completed 155 different conservation projects in Nevada – with more in the works – in land protection, habitat enhancement, wildlife management, research, conservation education and more.
The Elk Foundation will celebrate these accomplishments as part of its 24th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, Feb. 21-24, at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. For more information, visit www.elkfoundation.org.
New projects for 2008 will be announced by spring.
Here’s a sample of ongoing and completed projects in Nevada, by county:
Muleshoe Valley – Water development project to repair guzzlers for elk, deer and antelope; seeding project to improve forage and habitat for elk and deer.
White Pine County
Elk Foundation partners in these projects have included Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc., Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, Elko Bighorns Unlimited, Environmental Protection Agency, Ducks Unlimited, Mule Deer Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Division of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Forestry, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Division of Wildlife, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association, Nevada Chukar Foundation, Newmont Gold Company, Placer Dome Gold Company, Safari Club International, Society of Range Management, Soil and Water Enhancement Action Team Coalition, Trout Unlimited, University of Nevada, U.S. Forest Service, Westmont Gold Inc., Wildlife Habitat Improvement of Nevada, and Wildlife Management Institute.