Mule Deer Foundation Invests $1.2 million in Conservation Projects in Utah, July 12, 2017

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Mule Deer Foundation Invests $1.2 million in
Conservation Projects in Utah

July 12, 2017  -  The Mule Deer Foundation
Salt Lake City, Utah: The Mule Deer Foundation announced today that it had provided $1.2 million for mule deer and habitat conservation efforts in Utah. The investment helped leverage $20 million total dollars for projects which included the restoration or improvement of more than 50,000 acres, repair or installation of water structures, translocation of urban mule deer, contribute to purchase of 2,000 acres of critical mule deer habitat and conservation education events that reached more than 15,000 youth. The funds used in the state were raised from the sale of conservation permits, from Expo big game tags and local Chapter funds. In addition, volunteers with the state chapters volunteered more than 3,000 hours of their personal time to implement these conservation projects.

“Across the West, the Mule Deer Foundation is making a difference for our wildlife populations through our investment in habitat conservation,” commented MDF’s President/CEO, Miles Moretti. “We are proud of our Utah chapters and the incredible volunteers for their hard work on behalf of mule deer in the state.”

A total of 43 projects were funded in the state. Notable habitat restoration projects include the Monroe Mountain aspen restoration project, the Mule Deer Migration project, and the Hardware Ranch juniper lop and scatter project. In addition, funds were used for partnering with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to secure 2,000 acres of critical mule habitat in the Middle Fork Wildlife Management Area and the purchase of a third horse trailer to be used in the urban mule deer translocation project.

“Our chapters worked very hard in Utah this past year and it is always rewarding to see how the funds raised at their banquets are used on the ground,” said Jeremy Anderson, the state’s regional director. “Many of these projects would not be possible without the funding that MDF provides, and our volunteers know that they are making a big difference for mule deer in this great state.”

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