Mule Deer Foundation Announces Funding Over $400,000 in Utah Habitat Projects

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November 18, 2010

Contact: Miles Moretti
Tel.: 1-888-375-DEER
E-mail: president@muledeer.org

Mule Deer Foundation Announces Funding Over $400,000 in Utah Habitat
Projects

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Mule Deer Foundation announced recently
they have funded $435,000 in habitat projects in the state of Utah to
date this year. The funds were generated from the sale of
Conservation Permits for several big game species in the state.

MDF sold $900,000 in Conservation Permits in Utah, with thirty
percent returned to the Utah Division of Wildlife (UDOW). Projects
benefit mule deer, elk, antelope and sage grouse as part of Utah’s
Watershed Initiative. Sixty projects have been undertaken, ranging
from aspen restoration, wildlife friendly fencing, pinyon-juniper
removal, prescribed burning and water developments.

“We are proud of our partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife
Resources,” said Miles Moretti, President/CEO of MDF. “The
Conservation Permit Program revenue has grown in importance to the
agency, especially with the downturn in the economy and the reduction
of federal funds for habitat improvement projects.”

Highlights of the 2010 Conservation Permit Program were when the
Statewide Mule Deer Tag sold for an all-time record of $260,000 at
the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (WHCE) in Salt Lake City,
Utah, last February. MDF will once again have several western states
big game auction tags at the WHCE in Salt Lake City this coming
February 3-6, 2011. For more information about the Western Hunting &
Conservation Expo go to www.huntexpo.com.

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About MDF (www.muledeer.org)
The Mule Deer Foundation is a national non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization with over 15,000 members. MDF’s mission is to ensure the
conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. MDF
is dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer habitat
(including land and easement acquisitions) resulting in
self-sustaining, healthy, free ranging and huntable deer populations;
encouraging and supporting responsible wildlife management with
government agencies, private organizations and landowners; promoting
public education and scientific research related to mule deer and
wildlife management; supporting and encouraging responsible and
ethical behavior and awareness of issues among those whose actions
affect mule deer; and acknowledging regulated hunting as a viable
component of mule deer and black-tailed deer conservation.

For information about the Mule Deer Foundation or to join please call
1-888-375-DEER (3337).
 


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