A small chunk of southwest Oregon is a little more accessible for hunting, outdoor recreation and for elk and other wildlife thanks to the work of volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and several other organizations.
Crew members of all ages gathered for the first project to take place on 600 acres recently acquired in Coos County. RMEF provided funding to help purchase the property, since added to the Coos County Forest and available to public access.
“It was an outstanding success thanks to the RMEF South Coast Chapter and the 22 volunteers on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. People came from all over the state with many traveling six-plus hours to get there,” said Mark Allard, RMEF western Oregon project coordinator. “The project focused on removing old wire fences and as well as building a better place to be ‘wildlife friendly.’ The group was also lucky to witness a young lady’s crew of pack mules carrying out her elk she shot Sunday morning on a youth tag. Congrats to her (she left the area with a new RMEF hat–wahoo). This is a great property and is being made better with your efforts. It will be an ongoing project opportunity for years to come.”
(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)