Through our chapters and grant funding, MDF is actively involved in restoration projects to increase the healthy habitat for deer and other wildlife while also stabilizing soils and reducing weed invasions.

Forest, rangeland, and grassland “health” refers to how habitat conditions across the ecosystem function. Habitat degradation—whether from natural events like wildfire and drought or man-made sources like human development and habitat conversion—can reduce habitat function, resulting in poorer health of the landscapes that deer depend on. Habitat restoration projects can help with recovery of healthy conditions and ensure these habitats are functional and resilient. With millions of acres in the West affected by wildfire in recent years, along with continued habitat conversion, these restoration and enhancement projects are more important than ever.

Through our large landscape conservation grants, local chapter support, and partner collaboration, MDF works to restore habitat health through projects like planting shrubs, grasses, and forbs that increase forage for deer and other wildlife. In addition, habitat projects that remove dead timber from burned areas and thinning of forest stands which are overstocked can utilize the value of the logs forest product to complete the work while ensuring that forests are able to recover. We work with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, state fish and wildlife agencies, and private landowners to treat tens of thousands of acres each year of needed habitat restoration. These projects help play a part in the restoration of our western landscapes— and provide deer the resources they need to thrive.

Latest on Habitat Restoration

A forestry management area in Utah
Reflections on MDF Stewardship Agreements and Active Forest Management

Forest health and mule deer are inextricably linked. A look at MDF’s approach to restore forest health and improve mule deer and black-tailed deer populations through Forest Stewardship Agreements. I remember a…

MDF Awarded Rocky Mountain Rangelands Grant

Mule Deer Foundation Receives Grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for Habitat Work Salt Lake City, Utah: The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today that it has received $395,000 in funding…

Tag Auctions Raise $2.5 Million for Arizona Conservation

Putting Auction Tag Funding to Work on the Ground in Arizona The Mule Deer Foundation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Habitat Partnership Committee (HPC), helped to allocate over…

Mule deer stand in front of the Rocky Mountains out West
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Grant Helps Mule Deer Conservation

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Grants $125,000 for Mule Deer Foundation Conservation Projects The Mule Deer Foundation announced today that it was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Bass Pro…

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