Since 1985, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has spent more than $1 million on wildlife habitat projects covering 90,000 acres in Washington.
The Missoula-based sportsmen’s conservation organization raises money for elk enhancement projects throughout North America. Volunteers from Washington chapters have raised $515,000 in 23 fund-raising banquets, the group said. Additional money for use in Washington was contributed by the international organization and matching grants.
RMEF has raised $584,460 in Idaho and spent $1.5 million.
Recent projects include reseeding 1,000 acres of big game range logged on private land along the South Fork Touchet River in Columbia County. The seeding provides forage and draws elk away from adjacent croplands.