The Mule Deer Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service recently signed a memorandum of understanding renewing their commitment to work together to improve mule deer conservation efforts. MDF President Miles Moretti and Associate Chief of the Forest Service Mary Wagner signed the MOU during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
“We are so pleased to renew our partnership with the Forest Service to improve our communication and collaboration to enhance the productivity of mule deer and black-tailed deer on national forest land,” Moretti commented. “This agreement will allow us to expand our partnership efforts for mule deer in order to restore and enhance landscapes that support mule deer populations and to increase public awareness of the importance of this icon of the West.”
The five-year agreement is a renewal of the successful original agreement that began in 1989. The agreement allows MDF to develop and complete projects or research efforts on Forest Service land. Projects such as the Seiler Stewardship project in Southern Utah which is a partnership improving mule deer habitat and creating local jobs.
“In these difficult budget times, the Forest Service and other agencies rely on partnerships with organizations such as ours to continue to ensure the health of their federal lands,” continued Moretti. “I am pleased that we’ll be able to continue this relationship that has worked so well for so many years.”
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