Several projects in South Dakota will benefit from grants given by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF).

In a press release, hunting and conservation group announced it has awarded $104,367 in funding to aid in elk research as well as habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in the state.

The grants fund 19 projects in Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Butte, Charles Mix, Codington, Custer, Deuel, Hand, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lawrence, Lyman, Moody, Pennington, and Sanborn Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit.

“Ongoing research allows biologists and managers to gain increased insight into elk survival and mortality,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Among other things, this funding will also assist with the installation of pipeline, tanks and guzzlers that supply water to wildlife in a particularly dry region of South Dakota.”

The money is raised by RMEF volunteers through various events.

Since 1985 the organization has given over $36 million dollars to elk and other wildlife projects in South Dakota.

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