MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has awarded nearly $315,000 in grant money to assist with elk research, habitat enhancement, permanent land protection and improving public access in Wyoming.

Grant money will benefit projects and programs in Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Johnson, Hot Springs, Lincoln, Park, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie counties.

In addition, the Montana-based foundation will continue sponsorship of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Access Yes Program that seeks to secure access for hunters and anglers to private lands across the state.