Meeting set for land owners, managers

March 22, 2013 01:16 pm

by Casey Kellas/The Observer

Do you own or manage land in Union County or Wallowa County?

If so, mark April 6th on your calendar.

That’s the day that Steve West of Steve’s Outdoor Adventures based in La Grande, is holding an important open-forum meeting to discuss how to improve habitat that attracts and holds more elk and deer in desired areas on your property, how to reduce elk and deer damage to agriculture and how to improve the health of elk and deer in the area.

“We have a wildlife issue in the valley,” West said.

“There are more and more elk and deer in town. When our forefathers started building (Union County), they didn’t think they were building a town on rangeland.”

West, who owns and manages the 5,000-acre Ponderosa Ranch in the Mt. Emily area, said that for the past two years he has been test-dummying strategies implemented by Mossy Oak’s Native Nurseries.

Those strategies include the use of shrubs, seeds and feeds that are used to help keep elk and deer in desired areas.

West said that four or five guys from the Native Nurseries will be in attendance April 6 to give a presentation about their strategies and how they have been successful.

“These are experts. They know what they’re talking about,” West said.

“During my career I have had the privilege of traveling to all of the Western United States, Canada, South America and many other parts of the world. I have seen how others have successfully dealt with many of the same problems we face here today.”

Not only will the land managment experts be talking about what works, they will also be available to come assess your property.

“The Mossy Oak team members will be available to do on-site evaluations. They will evaluate your property and make suggestions for you that they believe will improve the wildlife habitat on your property,” West said.

West said that a number of people have already reserved a spot for the meeting, but he added that he’d like to see more than 100 people there.

“I want that room full,” he said.

Reservations are not required, and the meeting isn’t only for land owners and managers.

Those who are interested in learning more about the wildlife in the area are encouraged to attend as well.

The meeting will take place April 6 at 3 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library.

To reserve a spot or to learn more information about the meeting, call West at 1-800-303-1304.