Grant Funds Planting for Elk
A $25,535 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Access and Habitat (A&H) Program is being used to plant alfalfa on 85 acres of ranch land owned by Blake Hennings to reduce damage to crops in the North Powder River Valley.

The field will be planted this spring and will provide forage for area elk herds for the next 5 to 7 years.

In addition to big game, other animals that will benefit from the seeding project include wild turkey, pheasants and a variety of non-game species.

In return for funding assistance, the landowner allows some public hunting on the property on a by-permission basis.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.

For more information on the Access and Habitat Program, contact Dan Edwards at (503) 872-5260, extension 5338.

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