Minnesota’s Wildlife Habitat, Hunting Heritage Get $212,000 Boost

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners awarded Minnesota $212,975 in grant funding to enhance wildlife habitat and support various hunting heritage and outdoors-related projects. RMEF directly granted $62,175 and leveraged an additional $150,800 in partner dollars.

“A portion of this funding directly targeted 500 acres in northern Minnesota to improve habitat for elk, deer, moose, bears and other wildlife,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “The grants also support organizations and events designed to expose more adults and children to hunting, shooting, conservation and the outdoors.”

Minnesota is home to 19 RMEF chapters and more than 7,400 members.

“This funding is only available to go back on the ground in Minnesota because of the time and talents of our volunteers. We salute and thank them for helping advance our mission,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.

Since 1990, RMEF and its partners completed 212 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Minnesota with a combined value of more than $4.6 million. These projects protected or enhanced 78,654 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 943 acres.

Below is a sampling of Minnesota’s 2019 projects, listed by county.

Beltrami County

  • Shear 375 acres of over-mature brush on the Grygla, Moose River and Wapiti Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) to trigger early successional new growth of forage to benefit elk and other wildlife.

Marshall County

  • Manage 75 acres of forage plots on the Grygla and Wapiti WMAs to benefit the Grygla elk herd and alleviate depredation pressure on private land.

Kittson County

  • Refurbish two stock ponds, fill 3.5 miles of ditches negatively affecting wetlands hydrology and convert four miles of fence to wildlife-friendly fencing on state-managed wildlife lands within the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland.


  • Provided funding for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program that features shooting instruction and a learn-to-hunt pheasants workshop for women and family members.
  • Provided funding for the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s 2020 Championship, a co-ed activity for students in grades 6-12.

Go here to view a full list of projects.

Minnesota project partners include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, private individuals, businesses and various conservation, sportsmen and civic organizations.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 35 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.9 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.