Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

June 21, 2014

Pa. elk range expands

— MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation teamed up with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to purchase and conserve 81 acres of prime elk habitat in the heart of the state’s elk range in Elk County's Benezette Township, which is among areas with the highest elk population density.

“This new land acquisition complements the work we funded in Pennsylvania through our habitat enhancement projects and our state grant program,” said Blake Henning, an RMEF vice president.

RMEF committed $100,000 to secure the purchase.

Known as Woodring Farm, the property now becomes part of State Game Lands 311. Future plans include parking areas and walking trails to an overlook that will offer the public an opportunity to view Pennsylvania's wild elk herd.

Funding for the acquisition came from the Torstenson Family Endowment.

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