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Oregon Gets Financial Support To Better Elk Habitat And Research

Nicholas Turland

Elk research and habitat restoration in Oregon has just received nearly $270,000 in grant money. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says the grants benefit 14 counties. Among them is Lane County, where Willamette National Forest biologists plan to enhance meadows in the Foley Ridge area.

WNF spokeswoman Jude McHugh says there’s nearly 300 acres to work on.  

“Due to a lack of fire over time, our meadows up in the high elevations are getting smaller and smaller," McHugh tells KLCC.  "Trees are growing in from the edge, reducing the size of the open area, the grassy area.  And as a result of that, there isn’t as much food, nor as much space for the animals to have their young calves.” 

McHugh says they’ll do prescribed burns and noxious weed control.  She says besides elk, pollinators including bumblebees and butterflies will benefit.

Lane County is receiving nearly $30,000 for two habitat enhancement projects for elk. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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