Salt Lake City, UT -(AmmoLand.com)- The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have finalized an agreement to collaborate on conservation projects that improve mule deer and black-tailed deer habitat on BLM-managed lands.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed during the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ annual meeting held this year in Reno, Nevada. The five-year agreement establishes a framework for cooperation on projects that sustain and enhance the productivity of mule deer and black-tailed deer populations.
“This is an important agreement that sets the stage for our chapters and staff to work on BLM lands to make a difference for our western deer herds,” said Miles Moretti, President/CEO of the Mule Deer Foundation. “With a similar agreement already in place with the U.S. Forest Service, our volunteers can now also partner with local BLM land managers to help them actively manage habitats in a way that will enhance and restore mule deer and black-tailed deer habitat on thousands of acres of public lands across the West.”
The MOU outlines a series of specific partnership activities where MDF and BLM could work together. This includes supporting projects and research that will help inform and implement science-based management of public lands. Specific activities could include vegetation restoration and enhancement; population assessments; inventorying and monitoring habitat; and conservation education. The parties will develop an annual work plan that will identify and document the activities planned for each year and spotlight the collaborative efforts from the previous year.
“This MOU continues our longstanding, positive relationship with the Mule Deer Foundation,” said Steve Small, the BLM’s Chief of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. “This MOU also sets the stage for the BLM and the MDF to strategically address habitat needs through annual coordination meetings.”
“In these difficult budget times, the federal and state agencies rely on partnerships with organizations such as ours to ensure the health of their federal public lands,” MDF President/CEO Moretti added. “I am pleased that we are able to establish this partnership with BLM to expand on the work we already do with the Forest Service. The combined efforts will really make a difference for mule deer and black-tailed deer.”
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.
Get involved at www.muledeer.org or call 1-888-375-3337.