The Good News
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
2012 August
Montrose ReStore Gets New Home
elk population estimates,
management strategies
and potential impacts from
oil and gas development."
MONTROSE - Over the past 20 years, 42 local
RMEF's mission is to en-
families have been empowered to help build and
sure the future of elk, other
move into homes of their own through Habitat
wildlife and their habitat.
for Humanity of Montrose County. In August, the
Since 1985, the organiza-
popular Habitat ReStore in Montrose, that helps
tion and its partners have
to fund the non-profit's local activities, will un-
completed 560 conserva-
dertake a move of its own, from its present, 8,000
tion and hunting heri-
square-foot location at 309 North Fourth Street, to
tage outreach projects in
a new, 15,000 square-foot location at 1601 North
Colorado with a combined
value of more than $128.9
"We are super excited," Habitat Restore Manager
Laura Jordan said. "This move has been in the
Funding for RMEF grants
works for more than a year. It will give us twice
is based on local member-
as much space, and we will have a true receiving
ship drives and banquet
fundraising by RMEF
"Donations will be needed to help fill the new,
chapters and volunteers in
much larger space," said Jordan, and added that,
Colorado. Allen thanked
"Customers should stop by often to make the
RMEF supporters for their
most of clearance offerings at the current loca-
dedication to conservation
both in Colorado and all
"The target date for the move is August 24," said
across elk country.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Colleen
RMEF grants will help
Burke. "As we get closer to the move date, we will
fund these 2012 projects in
definitely have some big sales going on."
Colorado, listed by county:
Shoppers pay heed, the motto of the Montrose
Archuleta County- Aeri-
ReStore, `Miss a day, miss a deal' carries extra
ally ignite and prescribe
weight this month. Visitors to the Montrose Re-
burn 2,000 acres to im-
Store can expect bigger and bigger daily discounts
prove quality and quantity
throughout the month of August, with as much as
of grass and forb forage in
75% off savings in store.
the Piedra, Devil Mountain
`We are very excited to be able to expand our Re-
and Archuleta Creek areas
phur cinquefoil weeds in the Copper King area of
Store operations," Burke said. "We are currently
of the San Juan National Forest.
Uncompahgre National Forest.
seeking donations of materials and cash, and we
Conejos County- Provide funding for Colorado Parks
Park County- Mechanically treat encroaching co-
will definitely need the support of both our loyal
and Wildlife research to estimate elk populations
nifers and prescribe burn 246 acres to improve elk
customers and our volunteers.
and seasonal movement patterns in the San Juan
habitat in the Mud Springs area of the James Mark
"The ReStore is the economic engine that drives
Mountains. Radio collars will be placed on 25 elk to
Jones State Wildlife Area.
the home building for needy families," she said.
determine habitat use and more (also affects Alamosa,
Rio Blanco County- Improve elk foraging and calv-
Funding for the move was provided by USDA
Archuleta, Mineral and Rio Grande counties).
ing areas by using horse-mounted equipment to
Rural Development, and the General Contractor is
Delta County- Provide sponsorship for Outdoor Heri-
treat 1,000 acres in the Lost Park/Williams Fork ar-
Bridger Hill Construction. The Habitat ReStore is
tage Day in Delta, Colo., to engage youths in wildlife,
eas of the White River National Forest; treat resid-
open six days a week. All press inquiries con-
conservation and shooting.
ual and new infestations on 350 acres in Flat Tops
cerning the move should be directed to Burke at
Fremont County- Improve elk and deer range by
Wilderness and Pagoda Roadless Area of Medicine
970.252.9303 or
removing encroaching pinyon/juniper across 400 acres
Bow-Routt National Forest (affects Routt, Grand
To learn more about ways you can help, visit
in the Racepath Gulch area of BLM lands.
and Garfield counties); continue multi-phase
them online at , or on Face-
Grand County- Decommission, re-contour, subsoil,
project to improve habitat for elk on public land in
book at
seed and mulch dead-end spur roads (main thorough-
White River National Forest area by improving 800
Over 1/4 Million For Elk
fares will remain open) to improve habitat for elk in
acres of native forage in the Milk Creek area.
Colorado Elk to Benefit from RMEF Grants
the Kauffman Creek area of the Arapaho-Roosevelt
San Miguel County- Close and rehabilitate non-
Rejuvenating wildlife habitat being invaded by
National Forest; treat 185 acres of noxious weeds
system, user-created roads to improve habitat for
noxious weeds and encroaching pinyon/juniper
in the Sulphur Ranger District backcountry of the
elk, turkey and sage grouse in the East Naturita
is the main theme in a list of Colorado conserva-
Arapaho National Forest.
Division of the Norwood Ranger District, Uncom-
tion projects slated to receive 2012 grants from the
Gunnison County- Prescribe burn 208 acres to en-
pahgre National Forest.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
hance habitat for foraging elk in the Sapinero Mesa
Statewide and Regional- Assist with funding for a
The RMEF funding commitment totals $263,232
and Dutch Gulch areas of BLM lands; decommission
northwestern U.S. study to synthesize data from
and affects 19 counties: Alamosa, Archuleta, Boul-
and rehabilitate unnecessary roads in the Sugar Creek
seven states (Colo., Idaho, Mont., Ore., Utah, Wash.
der, Conejos, Delta, Fremont, Garfield, Grand,
area of BLM lands; sponsorship for Gunnison Fishing
and Wyo.) to improve elk management models.
Gunnison, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma,
and Outdoor Sports Derby to introduce youths to rec-
Conservation projects are selected for grants using
Montrose, Park, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt
reation and conservation; sponsor Gunnison Middle
science-based criteria and a committee of RMEF
and San Miguel. Additional projects have state-
School National Archery in the Schools program.
volunteers and staff along with representatives
wide and regional interest.
Mesa County- Continue with a multi-year project to
from partnering agencies and universities.
"Prescribe burning, forest thinning and weed
improve elk habitat on BLM lands by prescribe burn-
Join RMEF at or 800.Call.Elk.
treatment projects will help enhance some 9,000
ing 445 acres to enhance forage in the Nick Mountain
acres of elk habitat across Colorado," said David
area; mechanically treat pinyon/juniper encroachment
Allen, RMEF president and CEO. "We're also
and re-seed native vegetation to improve 300 acres of
investing in different research projects to improve
sagebrush habitat in Turkey Tracks and Dominguez
Ridge areas of Uncompahgre National
Forest; sponsorship for Outdoor Heritage
Day in Palisade, Colo., to engage youths
in wildlife, conservation and shooting.
Moffat County- Assist with funding for
Colorado Parks and Wildlife research to
measure potential impacts of oil and gas
development on the Williams Fork elk
herd (also affects Routt County).
Montezuma County- Remove shrubs and
small conifers to enhance forage for elk
and deer on 250 acres in the Grouse Point
area of San Juan National Forest.
Montrose County- Thin pinyon/juniper
encroachment and prescribe burn to
rejuvenate forage for elk and deer on 750
acres in the Monitor Mesa area of Uncom-
pahgre National Forest (also affects Mesa
County); treat 1,250 acres of noxious sul-