Coordinating Biologist Gary Zimmer Retires From The Ruffed Grouse Society


05/15/15

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RGS thanks Gary for his nearly 15 years of hard work,
leadership and dedication to the Society’s mission.

 

 Gary Zimmer happy with chainsaw in hand
Gary during a trail clearing project

The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) announces the retirement of Coordinating Biologist Gary Zimmer after nearly 15 years of service and sincerely thanks him for his hard work, leadership and dedication to the Society’s mission.

“Gary sets a high standard for all of us at RGS, both staff and members, with his professionalism, hard work and integrity,” said RGS President and CEO John Eichinger. His 36 years of knowledge and experience with wildlife management and natural resources have been an invaluable asset for the Society’s efforts to create healthy forests for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. He has been an essential resource for RGS staff and a tireless advocate and supporter of the Society’s members and events. Gary’s retirement is effective May 31, 2015.

Gary was hired by RGS in 2000 as a regional wildlife biologist responsible for the Western Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin, U.P. of Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri). In 2008, he was promoted to senior regional biologist and due to endowment through the RGS RUFF campaign, his position was named the Sally B. Searle senior regional biologist. He retires as the RGS coordinating biologist with supervisory responsibility over the team of RGS biologists across the nation. 

 Gary Zimmer in young forest
Gary in regenerating alder
 RGS Coordinating Biologist Gary Zimmer in young aspen on a Wisconsin Drummer Fund Project
Gary in young aspen stand

In 2013, Gary was appointed to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, a group appointed by the governor to help refine natural resources-related policies and programs. Among many other accomplishments, he has been instrumental in forming partnerships with state agencies and other wildlife conservation groups, such as the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership.  In addition, Gary has been instrumental in maintaining support for the Wisconsin Coverts Program and developing the RGS Forestry and Wildlife Consultants Outreach Program.

Prior to joining RGS, Gary was an employee of the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years – 12 years as a district biologist. Gary received his B.S. in wildlife/game management and a master’s in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

 

 

John Eichinger, RGS President & CEO, presents Gary Zimmer his 14 Years of Dedicated Service Award during the T. Stanton Armour Chapter's (Chicago area) 2015 banquet
John Eichinger, RGS President & CEO, presents Gary Zimmer his 14 Years of Dedicated Service Award
during the T. Stanton Armour Chapter's (Chicago area) 2015 Conservation & Sportsmen's Banquet.

Thanks for all you have done Gary – enjoy your retirement!

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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