Conservation groups describe devastation caused by wildfires


11/06/15

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RGS Director of Conservation Policy testified before Congress on November 5, 2015. The following covers that Congressional committee meeting.

The original article "Conservation groups describe devastation caused by wildfires - At issue: How to pay for effective strategy to combat forest fires."  by Bill Theobald was posted on USA Today's website on November 5, 2015, since reposted at 11:10 a.m. EST November 6, 2015 here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/05/forest-fires-damage-trees-water-wildlife-congress-told/75223786/.

WASHINGTON — The damage caused by the devastating wildfire season goes well beyond the 9.4 million acres destroyed so far, witnesses from outdoor and water conservation groups told Congress Thursday.

Lack of forest management is causing a decline in the deer and game bird populations in forests, which is reducing hunting, Daniel Dessecker with the Ruffed Grouse Society testified before the Senate agriculture committee.

“Deer hunting is both a foundation of our nation’s hunting heritage and a huge economic engine,” Dessecker said, adding that hunters contribute $34 billion annually to the U.S. economy.

Dessecker and other witnesses said the forests are not being managed

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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.

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