We all know that habitat which includes quality food sources, water, cover and ranging space is vital to the production of healthy herds and provide hunters opportunity. But the habitat of Roosevelt elk is a major concern because throughout the lower 48 states they lack quality nutrition in many of our forests. Part of the problem is that the Northwest Forest Plan of 1994 changed the management of public lands to favor old growth timber.
This lack of active management on public lands combined with fire suppression efforts has created a forest environment that has a large over-story canopy closure that limits the amount of sunlight that hits the forest floor. What this means for elk and other wildlife is fewer grasses, forbs and shrubs resulting in a significant reduction in forage quality and quantity in many areas. Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild to learn more and find out how the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is helping.