On June 18 the North Fork Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) hosted a work day along with Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) and employees of West Elk Mine.
A dozen volunteers were involved in a long strenuous day of trail clearing on the Gunnison National Forest. In total 3.5 miles of the Interocean Pass Trail (USFS #890) was reopened thru clearing downed timber on the trail and the overgrown brush. The trail is used pretty heavily by the local people for hiking, running and horseback riding and is used extensively during the hunting seasons.
The group received compliments by trail users the day they were working.
The North Fork RMEF Chapter chairman Dan Gray and YCC crew leader Paul Kimpling organized and led the day for the volunteers. The YCC team also did a presentation in Paonia updating the community about what they have been doing this summer where they received many compliments.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was founded in 1984 by four hunters from Troy, Montana who wanted to ensure a future for North America's grandest game animal. It is the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.
Join RMEF for the youth focused Safe Shooting booth at Farm to Fiddle on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Hotchkiss. The hunting tradition and true conservation efforts are part of our valley's history.
The North Fork RMEF is holding its sixth annual banquet on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Heritage Hall in the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Contact Connie Curtis at 921-7425 for tickets.