Quality conservation work stands the test of time.
And when it involves creating public access, it’s a win-win that resonates for generations of both hunters and wildlife. In the 1990s, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation found out about a 1,800-acre piece of private property about 10 miles west of Gunnison, Colorado, near the Blue Mesa Reservoir.
It provided prime winter range for elk, deer and other wildlife but the plan was to divide the ranchland into 35-acre parcels for the construction of ranchettes.
RMEF worked with the landowners and purchased the property, thwarting development and permanently protecting the habitat.
In 1997, RMEF conveyed the land to what is today known as Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
That transaction improved access to 25,000 acres of surrounding public land, which to this day, remains open for hunting and other recreational activities.