HENDERSON, Colo. – For the fifth year in a row, Colorado chapters of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) have organized a habitat improvement weekend at the Radium State Wildlife Area (SWA). The event will take place June 10-12, 2011, and all comers are welcome.

The Radium SWA is comprised of over 18,000 acres located along the Colorado River, approximately 12 miles southwest of Kremmling. Under the direction of the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW), volunteers will be removing pinyon and juniper trees.

This is an area that winters mule deer, elk and big horn sheep (sheep were introduced to the area in 2009). The goal is to remove trees to allow return of grasses, forbs, shrubs and bitter brush for the benefit of big game species.

MDF Regional Director Scott Hampel said, “This is an enjoyable weekend to spend with fellow volunteers doing some hands on habitat improvements and restoration. Generally, we have been able to treat five to seven acres each year.”

He went on to say, “Although the tree cutting work can be physically demanding, there are plenty of other tasks that aren’t so strenuous. I encourage anyone who’s interested to come on out, bring friends and family, camp out and pitch in – it’s really rewarding and a lot of fun.”

A base camp will be set up Friday afternoon by a few organizers and volunteers. Saturday and Sunday, workers will be shuttled to the top of the Sheephorn Unit for cutting and removal of pinyon and juniper trees in areas selected by the CDOW.

Some food and chainsaws will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own to share. Workers should also bring appropriate work clothes and gloves. There will be a dinner Saturday night and live entertainment around the camp fire.

Other MDF happenings in the state of Colorado this month include:

• June 25 – Colorado Statewide Pronghorn License Raffle at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Grand Junction.

• June 25-26 – Bass Pro Shops, food sales at front of store. Great opportunity to volunteer. This event will end with the 2011 Colorado Statewide Deer License Raffle on Sunday.

• June 25-26 – Beyond Hunter Education and M.U.L.E.Y. Days (Mindful, Understanding, Legal, Ethical Youth). This is a two-day event being hosted by the CDOW with support from MDF and other conservation groups to get youth involved in outdoor shooting, hunting and conservation. The event will be held in the Southwest Denver area and will include archery, shotgun and rifle shooting. Many volunteers are needed.

If you would like to know more about the Mule Deer Foundation’s efforts in Colorado or want to volunteer or purchase raffle tickets, please contact MDF Regional Director Scott Hampel at 720-261-6232 or 303-659-2088 or e-mail shampel@muledeer.org.

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About MDF (www.muledeer.org)

The Mule Deer Foundation is one of the key conservation groups in North America working to restore, improve and protect mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. With a focus on science and program efficiency, MDF has raised millions of dollars and put countless man-hours on the ground for mission-critical projects. 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-DEER.

Contact:

Scott Hampel, Mule Deer Foundation 720-261-6232 or 303-659-2088 or shampel@muledeer.org

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