RGS ANNOUNCES 2014 WISCONSIN DRUMMER FUND PROJECTS


02/18/14

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Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
(412) 262-4044
www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

 

February 18, 2014
For Immediate Release

RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2014 WISCONSIN DRUMMER FUND PROJECTS

Record 16 Projects Approved For Funding

 

Coraopolis, PA – Sixteen projects benefiting ruffed grouse and American woodcock habitat in Wisconsin have been selected by the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) to receive over $62,000 during 2014 through its Wisconsin Drummer Fund program.  Partners receiving RGS funding for projects in Wisconsin in 2014 include county forestry departments in Ashland, Douglas, Eau Claire, Florence, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Price, and Wood Counties, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its Partners in Fish and Wildlife Program is also providing funding support for several of these projects.

According to John Eichinger, RGS President and CEO, “RGS is pleased that in 2014 the Society will be supporting another record year, both in the amount of funds provided and the number of projects conducted under the Wisconsin Drummer Fund program. Our ability to fund these important wildlife management projects is due to the dedicated efforts of the volunteer members of our Wisconsin RGS chapters.”

The Wisconsin Drummer Fund was initiated in 2010 and is the direct result of funds being raised at Wisconsin RGS chapter fund raising events and through direct member donations.  Since its inception, nearly $219,000 has been made available through the Wisconsin Drummer Fund to support 56 Wisconsin grouse and woodcock projects.  These funds have been matched by other agencies and organizations and have resulted in over $616,000 worth of projects being funded in Wisconsin since 2010.

Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects approved for 2014 include:

  • Augustine Creek Hunter Walking Trail Bridge Replacement/Ashland County – Ashland County Forestry Department and Wisconsin DNR
  • Burma Road Hunting Trail Development/Florence County – Florence County Forestry Department and Wisconsin DNR
  • Cylon Wildlife Area Aspen Regeneration/St. Croix County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Cylon Wildlife Area Land Acquisition/St. Croix County– Wisconsin DNR
  • Douglas County Grouse Management Area Signage – Douglas County Forestry Department
  • Eau Claire County Aspen Regeneration and Hunting Trail Development – Eau Claire County Forestry Department
  • Empire Swamp Management Area Access Improvement/Douglas County – Douglas County Forestry Department
  • Kubisiak Ruffed Grouse Management Area Alder/Aspen Regeneration/Wood County – Wisconsin DNR and Wood County Forestry Department
  • Marathon County Alder Regeneration – Wisconsin DNR and Marathon County Forestry Department
  • Medford/Park Falls District Hunting Trail and Opening Maintenance – US Forest Service
  • North Central Wisconsin Young Forest Management/Langlade and Lincoln Counties – Langlade and Lincoln County Forestry Departments and Wisconsin DNR
  • Northwest Sands Unit Landowner Outreach – Wisconsin DNR
  • Pershing Wildlife Area Opening Development/Taylor County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Price County Aspen Age-Class Distribution – Price County Forestry Department
  • Wild Rose Aspen Regeneration/Waushara County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area Hunting Trail Development/Oneida County– Wisconsin DNR

Nine of the sixteen approved projects in 2014 are taking place on Wisconsin’s county forests.  According to Jane Severt, executive director of the Wisconsin County Forests Association, “Wisconsin County Forests Association truly values continued conservation efforts and fiscal resources directed toward county forest lands by the Ruffed Grouse Society.  Together, county forests and RGS have completed countless outstanding projects benefiting our environment and sportsmen and women alike.  The partnership between our county forests and RGS clearly demonstrates the importance of ensuring that the ecological benefits and sporting opportunities provided by young forest communities remain a part of our forested landscape across Wisconsin.”

“Though the Wisconsin Drummer Fund originated in 2010, RGS has been very active supporting habitat work in Wisconsin since 1985.  Since that time, RGS has contributed over $900,000 to fund over 110 projects in 44 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties,” reports RGS Biologist Gary Zimmer.


Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Information on RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.


Media contact:
Gary Zimmer, RGS Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
Phone: 715-674-7505
E-Mail: GaryZ@ruffedgrousesociety.org

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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