Saving Deer - One Acre at a Time

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The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) completed a million dollars on the ground habitat projects for mule deer and black-tailed deer in 2008. Thousands of acres of habitat have been restored or improved through these efforts.

MDF aggressively pursued habitat restoration projects in 14 states. Local MDF chapters worked closely with state wildlife agencies and federal land management agencies to fund a variety of habitat projects. These ranged from planting bitterbrush seedlings on deer winter range, water developments, reseeding of wildland fires, and restoration of critical sagebrush winter ranges. MDF was also a partner in the purchase of the Moylan Creek property near Denton, Mont., 1,000 acres which connects over 14,000 acres of public access land.

MDF members even stepped up to donate money to help feed deer last winter in Utah and Colorado. They volunteered hundreds of hours to help these states' wildlife agencies get feed to starving deer on snow covered winter ranges.

MDF President and CEO Miles Moretti said, "2008 was a record breaking year for the Mule Deer Foundation. We have been able to put money on the ground through over 100 local MDF chapters, the sale of state wildlife auction tags and generous donations from members and volunteers. MDF has adopted the motto of 'Saving Deer One Acre at a Time!'"

Moretti went on to say, "We could not have done it without the help of our passionate, dedicated members. MDF is committed to funding even more on the ground projects in 2009."

If you want to help with a local project, start a local chapter or work on a local chapter committee, please contact MDF at 801-747-3344 or president@muledeer.org. You may also visit our Web site, www.muledeer.org, to learn more about the Mule Deer Foundation.