The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today that it has allocated more than $560,000 of Chapter Rewards funds to 45 conservation projects so far this year. Those funds were leveraged or matched with partner dollars totaling $8.8 million to benefit habitat conservation, hunting and wildlife access, research and management in 11 Western states. Revenue was generated by local chapter banquets and state fundraisers, raffles, or other MDF efforts.
“Our chapters and regional directors work hard to raise funds to get them back up and running in their state, and the Mule Deer Foundation Chapter Rewards program plays a critical role in supporting these projects,” said MDF President and CEO Joel Pedersen. “So far this year, more than half a million dollars has been allocated, which has been leveraged by more than $8 million more, for projects such as fence conversions, guzzler installations, habitat restoration work and deer research projects. bura Those who support MDF should know that their donations are making a difference.”
Chapters of the Mule Deer Foundation host events throughout the year that bring together people who care about mule deer conservation and hunting in the West. Funds raised at the events help support MDF’s mission through broad conservation initiatives, as well as specific projects through the Chapter Rewards program. Highlights of projects funded include the acquisition of 200 acres of the Century Heights North mule deer winter range in Idaho, a piñon and juniper removal project in Nevada, annual invasive plant species treatments, more than 30 miles of wildlife-friendly fencing work, installation of wildlife gates to facilitate the movement of deer and other wildlife across roadways, and much more. Of the 45 projects, there were 20 habitat conservation projects and 18 wildlife management projects, along with others that support outdoor research, access and opportunities for youth.
“MDF members care about our mission and support the organization knowing that their donations and participation are helping with mule and black-tailed deer conservation efforts,” said Marshall Johnson, Director of Field Operations for MDF. “It’s great to see the hard work of our chapters and MDF staff benefiting from the wildlife and hunting traditions that our members hold dear.”
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, enhancing and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters on issues of access policy, wildlife management, and conservation. MDF recognizes regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruiting and retaining youth in shooting sports and conservation. Get involved in your state or become a member at www.muledeer.org or call 801-973-3940