The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation grant to Fish and Game will enroll approximately 40,000 acres of land to provide access for sportsmen and women.
“Opening and securing public access is a key component of RMEF’s mission,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This grant will allow Idaho Fish and Game to work with landowners to provide access to land that hunters would not otherwise be able to use.”
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is between the expiration of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for access and applying for a second USDA grant.
“RMEF is stepping up and helping out so we don’t have to terminate a number of agreements with landowners during this fall hunting season,” said F&G Director Virgil Moore. “We truly appreciate RMEF’s efforts to maintain recreational access for the citizens of Idaho.”
Access Yes expands sportsmen's access to private land or through private land to public land by paying landowners for public access for hunting, fishing or trapping. As of April 29, 97 lease agreements are opening 394,952 private acres and access across private land to 511,555 public acres, according to F&G.
Funding for RMEF's grant came from the Torstenson Family Endowment, which is only used to further the group's core mission of permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.
Since 1985, RMEF and its partners completed 446 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Idaho with a combined value of more than $56.4 million that opened or secured public access to 62,002 acres, the group said.
For details on RMEF and its work go here.
For more information about the Access Yes program go here.