Staff Meeting & Info Updates

RGS and AWS staff and their dogs convened at headquarters in Pittsburgh last week to plan for the future of habitat programs, membership, events and communications.


Staff 2016b (1280x974)

Pictured, front – left to right: Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen, Mark Fouts, Terry Lamb, Andy Weik, Eric Ellis. Middle, left to right: Dave Hansroth, Brenda Donegan, Linda Ordiway, Tracy Greene, Dave Johnson, Dianne Whetsell, Kim Swisher, Lisa Rossi, Nicole Parkhurst, Dan Dessecker and Tripp Way. Back, from left to right: Bruce Wojcik, Nick Larson, Matt Soberg, Ted Dick, Scott Walter, John Eichinger, Dave Wilhelm, Seth Heasley and Ron Burkert.             Not Pictured: Alison Kelley

RGS and AWS staff and some of their grouse dogs convened at headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week to plan for the future of habitat programs, membership initiatives, events and communications. Numerous presentations and break-out sessions allow staff to collaborate planning at the national level and also specific to their regions. Biologists, regional directors and headquarters staff are able to meet and plan in-person and brainstorm ways to create and implement more effective and efficient programs that enhance healthy forests that support abundant wildlife and preserve our sporting traditions for future generations.

Presenters focused on recent highlights, new ideas and specifically focused on challenges that need to be overcome. This meeting discussed in detail RGS and AWS habitat programs, the Petition for Rulemaking, RGS-owned habitat machines, habitat outreach programs and more. The organizations also discussed ways to better recruit and retain hunters, specifically the implementation for the New Hunter Mentor and Women’s Intro to Wingshooting programs. Plans were made for communications content in digital, video and print for the magazine, blog, social media platforms and more with specific plans for a new-member drive coming this fall.

Stay tuned to, the Fall Hunting Special Edition of the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine (mails mid-August) and RGS and AWS social media feeds for more details as they arise.


Visit for more information about how RGS and AWS impact the future of forest habitat and upland hunting.

2015 Annual Report – read the 2015 RGS & AWS Annual Report that provides a comprehensive and statistical highlight of habitat programs, membership, financials and communications from last year with a specific “thank you” to sponsors and supporters. Read HERE.

Watch Disturbed Forest Video – a video created in cooperation with Dangerous Cow Publishing to show the science behind forest management and how it benefits wildlife and hunting. Watch HERE.

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