RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY DONATION TO IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITAT IN VIRGINIA


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November 12, 2014
 
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY DONATION TO IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITAT IN VIRGINIA
 
Habitat machine increases young forest habitat efforts in Virginia and continues cooperative partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
 
 
Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has donated a habitat machine to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VADGIF) for the creation and continued enhancement of quality young forest habitat that benefits ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife species. The donation, a CAT297 multi-terrain loader and mulcher head, continues the RGS and VADGIF Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), one of the oldest cooperative agreements regarding the study of ruffed grouse in North America that serves as a template for other organizations and agencies.
 
VAGDIF Executive Director Robert W. Duncan accepted the donation from RGS by stating, “Thank you for your longstanding leadership and continued commitment to wildlife conservation and particularly for your support of young forest initiatives. Certain increasingly rare habitats, including early successional forests, are critical for healthy populations of grouse and woodcock. Your work has been instrumental in creating awareness and consideration for young forest habitats on our lands as well as the National Forests of Virginia.”
The machine will permit necessary habitat work to be accomplished more efficiently within Wildlife Management Areas and coordinating similar work on U.S. Forest Service lands. The coordination and development of projects will be a continued cooperative effort between VAGDIF personnel, RGS regional wildlife biologist, U.S. Forest Service personnel and other non-governmental organizations.
 
“With our strong commitment to the creation of habitat in the Southern Appalachian region, RGS is pleased to continue the cooperative agreement with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries through this habitat machine donation, an agreement that helps preserve our sporting traditions by creating healthy forests for the benefit of ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife.”
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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.

Contact: Linda D. Ordiway, Ph.D. 412-720-6034 lindao@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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