Small disruptions on the landscape can trigger permanent, far-reaching negative impacts on habitat, wildlife populations and public access.
In 2016, a small 40-acre inholding within the Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area in northern Utah quickly went up for sale on the open market with the very real possibility it would be developed.
Luckily, the initial deal fell through and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation used its Torstenson Family Endowment funding to swoop in and purchase it.
RMEF then worked with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to convey it to the agency where it remains open to public access today.
Located about 60 miles southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains, the 50,000-acre Tabby Mountain WMA offers prime winter range to 2,000 elk and upwards of 9,000 deer.
It is also home to moose, mountain lions, black bears, sage-grouse and other wildlife species.
And because it is open to public access, hunters can seek elk and other wildlife to fill their freezers while also assisting with state-guided wildlife management.
Since 1984, RMEF and its partners opened or improved public access to more than 1.3 million acres of land.
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