People who enjoy seeing elk in the wild will soon have a new, improved place to do so. The Elk Valley Rancheria in the northwest corner of California just east of Crescent City and overseen by several Native American tribes, received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byways Program to create trails, interpretative signage and produce materials about elk, other wildlife and tribal history.
“We are excited to provide our Tribal members, local community, and visitors with a safe and educational place to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful environment,” Dale Miller, tribe chairman, told Native News Online. “It also provides an outstanding opportunity to share our Tribal culture with the world.”
Originally founded in the early 20th century, the Elk Valley Rancheria is land founded with the intent to provide for displaced Native Americans. The surrounding area is home to seven elk herds, the largest numbering about 250.
“Roosevelt elk are a spectacular part of the wildlife and scenery that make our district such a special place – but there needs to be safer ways for motorists and visitors to view them along Highway 101,” Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) told Native News Online.
(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation