Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and The Ruffed Grouse Society Forge New Forest Habitat Partnership


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MDHA - RGS Press Release

March 14, 2016
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The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) announced today that they have formed a new partnership that will combine the resources of both organizations to protect forest habitat.

“We are very excited about this partnership as it will enhance both MDHA’s and RGS’s ability to protect critical habitat,” said Craig Engwall, MDHA Executive Director. “We are stronger when we work together toward a common mission.”

RGS President and CEO John Eichinger added, “RGS and MDHA have a long-term commitment to protecting habitat for grouse, woodcock, deer and other species. While both organizations are centered on specific species, good habitat projects benefit an abundance of animal and plant life.”

The partnership will enhance habitat protection by combining the expertise of RGS’s biologists and habitat professionals with MDHA’s project management experience and its strong relationships with local governments and communities. “This truly is a win-win in that we leverage the strengths of two great conservation organizations for the benefit of habitat in Minnesota,” said Engwall. Eichinger added, “This partnership will enable us to expand our existing habitat work in a significant way that will benefit both Minnesota’s natural resources and its hunters.”

In conjunction with this new partnership, MDHA is bringing on Joe Duggan as a consultant to boost MDHA in fulfilling its habitat mission and work on behalf of Minnesota’s deer hunters. Duggan, who has been a tremendous force for Minnesota’s natural resources and hunters through his work with Pheasants Forever, is excited about continuing his conservation calling in his work with MDHA. “Minnesota’s natural resources are under constant threat and I look forward to continuing my work to protect them,” said Duggan. Engwall added, “Those who know anything about Minnesota’s natural resources know that Joe has done as much as anyone on their behalf. We are truly excited to have Joe on board to help MDHA’s efforts throughout Minnesota.”


About MDHA:  MDHA was founded in 1980 as a grassroots organization dedicated to deer and deer hunting and is comprised of nearly 20,000 members across Minnesota. MDHA is building its hunting and conservation legacy through habitat, education and advocacy. Additional information about MDHA can be found on the web at: www.mndeerhunters.com.
Media contact: Craig Engwall, Executive Director, work phone, 218-327-1103 x13, cell, 218-244-6822, email: craig.engwall@mndeerhunters.com.

About RGS:  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: Matt Soberg, 218-232-6227, matts@ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Contact information for Joe Duggan:  Cell phone: (651-331-9734), email:  jdonpond@yahoo.com.

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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