The Jackson County Forestry and Parks Department is pleased to announce the receipt of $24,350 in grant funding to be used for the development of wildlife openings on the Jackson County Forest. Contributing partners include the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in the amount of $17,700 and the National Wild Turkey Federation in the amount of $6,650.

Less than one percent of the Jackson County Forest is comprised of “productive” forest openings. Forest openings are critical in providing forage opportunities for wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and the newly-established Central Forest elk herd. The openings also provide critical habitat for a host of non-game wildlife species which rely on grassland habitat for their existence.

Jackson County proposes to create approximately 24 acres of new openings on the forest.