RMEF Conserves Riparian and Grassland Habitat, Opens More Nevada Access –

MISSOULA, Mont. — As part of a collaborative effort to protect riparian habitat and grasslands and improve public access to them in northern Nevada, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with conservation-minded landowner, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) and the Nevada Division of State Lands to conserve 1,560 acres of wildlife habitat.

“We appreciate NDOW for asking for our assistance in this transaction. We also salute the landowner and acknowledge his strong conservation ethic in the way he has managed his land for the benefit of wildlife and livestock,” said Kyle Weaver, President and CEO of RMEF “It is now protected and in the hands of the public to use and enjoy.”

The property is immediately northeast of the small community of Battle Mountain, midway between Elko and Winnemucca. The newly acquired land will form part of the soon to be established Argenta Wildlife Management Area.

“This property has high wildlife value for elk, mule deer, wild turkeys, migratory birds and other species due to its shrub-steppe sagebrush, grasslands and riparian areas several miles from the Humboldt River running through it,” said Blake Henning, RMEF Chief Conservator. “The elk have demonstrated the use of this property and the river channel as cover as part of their movements through and through the surrounding uplands.”

In addition to big and small game, the immediate area is home to over 90 species of shorebirds, wading birds and songbirds. Raptors and waterfowl also benefit from seasonal flooding of meadows, swamps, swamps, river channels and dense stands of undisturbed willows.

The NDOW and RMEF’s Torstenson Family Endowment funded the project.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 37 years ago and powered by hunters, the RMEF has over 225,000 members and has conserved nearly 8.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. The RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for scientific resource management, and secure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Find out why “Hunting Is Conservation™” on rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

Courtesy of RMEF

Chris B. Hall