Oregon elk country is growing with a newly opened area of land now available for big game hunting.
Elk hunters in Oregon will now have access to an additional 13,000 acres on which to pursue a trophy thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
The newly opened land, 13,082 acres to be exact, is located in the Headwaters of the John Day River in northeast Oregon. This transaction also acts to improve access to thousands of acres of National Forest system land owned by the United States public.
“This is a victory for hunter-conservationists, anglers, hikers and anyone who wants public access to more than 13,000 acres of what was previously inaccessible private land in the heart of Oregon’s elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are grateful to a family that understands the importance of conserving crucial elk habitat and wildlife management while also providing a way for improved access to a landscape loaded with numerous vital resource values.”
This land purchase is of a great benefit to not only hunters and people who enjoy the outdoors, but also to the environment itself. The Headwaters of the John Day River offer vital habitat to a large variety of wildlife including four bird species and four mammal species that are federally listed as species of concern.
“The project area covers a 40-mile landscape around the origin and main stem of the John Day River as it flows north to the Columbia River and provides crucial linkage with existing public lands and all-important wildlife corridors,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation.
This land is now permanently protected from development and ensures that it can now be enjoyed by people for generations to come. For more information on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, go here.