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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

A Million Bucks

What is A Million Bucks?

Million Bucks, originally conceived in 1989, is a partnership program that emphasizes management of National Forests and Grasslands to benefit deer and people’s enjoyment of deer. The basis of this program is the collaboration between the Forest Service and several partners, including the Mule Deer Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited, state agencies and other conservation groups towards conserving and restoring deer habitats to support healthy deer populations as well as recreational opportunities for the public.


Photograph by Dave Herr

Photograph. 3 mule deer on ridge in oregon. Taken by Dave Herr; USFS Find a Photo

Why is the Forest Service interested in A Million Bucks?

Millions of acres of deer habitat fall on National Forest System lands across North America. Although management of deer populations is the responsibility of the state fish and game agencies, the Forest Service contributes to deer conservation by managing the habitats upon which these deer depend. This contribution, primarily in the form of habitat restoration and conservation education, is significant due to the economic, recreational (e.g., hunting and viewing), and ecological roles deer play in our society and in environmental communities.

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Million Bucks - Forest Service/Mule Deer Conservation Award - USDA Forest Service & Mule Deer Foundation

2013 recipient is Julie Grode; Wildlife Biologist (Retired); Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison NF, Region 2

The Forest Service honors Julie Grode, the 2013 recipient of the Joint Forest Service/Mule Deer Foundation Conservation Award. This is the 12th year of recognizing dedicated forest service employees for this award. This year we recognize a career forest service biologist for her efforts in enhancing thousand’s of acres of habitat in one of the prime Mule Deer areas of the west. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest in Colorado is synonymous with trophy Mule Deer and legendary as one of the key strongholds of Mule Deer in the western United States. Julie has played a key role in enhancing Mule Deer habitat on this important and historic piece of public land. For her efforts and commitments over a 35 year career, the Forest Service is proud to Honor her.

Photograph:  Julie Grode poses with Forest Service/Mule Deer Conservation Award.

WAFWA Mule Deer Working Group Publications

Methods for Monitoring Mule Deer Populations (PDF 3.9 MB)

Energy Development Guidelines for Mule Deer (PDF 4.8 MB)

Tangible results from partnership with Mule Deer Foundation and other partners.

The deer is near a pinion-juniper thinning and wildlife water development on the Lincoln National Forest that was funded by several partners.

Photograph: Big mule deer with very big antlers.

How Can You Help?

You can help by supporting management of habitats for deer and other wildlife that depend upon the National Forests and Grasslands. This can be done by providing funds to our partners supporting projects and programs that will directly benefit deer and their habitats, volunteering time on such projects, and expressing support for these activities and efforts in your community and more broadly.

MOUs/MOAs

General Biology and Species Information

Two species of deer, native to North America, live on National Forests and Grasslands: mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Within each species, there are regional variants that exhibit sufficient variability to warrant subspecies designation. These relatives include the Pacific coastal (or Columbian) blacktail (O. h. columbianus) and Sitka blacktail of Alaska (O. h. sitkensis) for mule deer and the southwestern Coues deer (O .v. covesi) and Florida Key deer (O. v. clavium) for whitetail deer. Read the book The Deer of North America or visit Whitetail.com for more information on the different deer species.

Photograph by Kreig Rasmussen

A Million Bucks Coordinator for the Forest Service

Photograph: fawn in sage. photo by Krieg Rasmussen

George C. Garcia - Acting Coordinator
USDA-Forest Service
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest/Spanish Fork Ranger District
44 West 400 North
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-342-5261

Photograph by Kreig Rasmussen

04.07.14


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Washington, D.C. Office
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator, WFW staff
Email: switt01@fs.fed.us
Phone: 435-881-4203
Publish_date:1/20/99
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