The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation saved 3, 537 hectares of crucial spring collection for deer and donkey deer because of a landowner in northern New Mexico who values the wildlife on his property.
Tens of thousands of moving deer and mule elk use a crucial corridor between the San Juan Mountains of southeastern Colorado and wintering premises in New Mexico, which Stanley Ruyle entered into with RMEF.
“We salute and recognize Mr. Ruyle for his vision and foresight in keeping his land the way it is in perpetuity. His actions allow elk and other wildlife to continue using their historic migratory habitat and corridors,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.
The property of Amargo Canyon is located in the same region as four other ( and possibly five more ) RMEF voluntary conservation agreements. It provides a variety of springs, share ponds and annual streams, including the downstream habitat of Amargo Creek, as well as grasslands and meadows. It also provides aspen and conifer forests.
Ruyle’s property, which was formerly a part of the renowned Broken Butt Ranch in New Mexico, is located between the 10, 950-acre W. A. Humphries State Wildlife Management Area ( WMA ) to the southwest, 20, 209 acre Edward Sargent WMA ( WMA ), U. S. Forest Service land to its northeast, and Jicarilla Apache Nation lands to his south. The home agreement increases the amount of protected, adjacent open space for wildlife.
More than 538,000 acres of the New Mexico deer wildlife have been preserved or improved by RMEF and its partners since 1987.