For the love of Michigan elk: Volunteers critical to the success of herd

A lot of hard work takes place every day, from public and private groups, to scientists and volunteers, to ensure that Michigan’s wildlife and natural resources can be enjoyed for years to come. On June 2, 2018, Michigan United Conservation Clubs partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Huron Pines AmeriCorps to plant 40 oak trees and remove signs and fencing from a 60-acre property recently acquired by the Pigeon River Country State Forest. This work is important for ensuring ideal habitat for Michigan’s elk population, which is primarily located in northern Michigan near Gaylord. Michigan’s current herd dates to 1918, when seven Rocky Mountain elk were transplanted to the Gaylord area from the western United States, making 2018 the 100th anniversary of the elk’s reintroduction to the Great Lakes State.

Want to catch a glimpse of a majestic elk? There are many viewing areas across the Pigeon River Country State Forest for nature lovers to visit all year. Learn more.

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