451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
For Immediate Release
Ruffed Grouse Society Provides Record $119,227 to Improve Wildlife Habitat and Hunter Access in Wisconsin
Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society and its sister organization, the American Woodcock Society, are pleased to provide $119,227 to support 18 outstanding projects in Wisconsin that will enhance habitat for young forest wildlife and increase hunter access to prime hunting areas. Partners will bring an additional $199,811 to complete these projects resulting in over $319,000 in forest habitat improvements during 2017. Over 1,789 acres will be enhanced directly; funds used to support expanded landowner outreach efforts and forest access road improvements will indirectly support habitat improvements on thousands of additional acres. Over 88 miles of hunter walking trails will also be created or enhanced with these funds. To accomplish these projects, RGS/AWS will partner with the United States Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin County Forests Association, Class ACT Charter School in Park Falls, Price, Eau Claire, Langlade and Marinette counties, and the city of Merrill.
RGS/AWS members hold local banquets each year to generate the Wisconsin Drummer Fund, which supports proactive conservation work in the State. The Drummer Fund was supplemented in 2017 by donations from the David V. Uihlein family, David Wahl and the Susan Smith family. The T. Stanton Armour, Rib Mountain, Flambeau River and Marinette County RGS chapters also provided important funding for these projects via additional fundraising events held throughout the year.
“Our increasing support for forest conservation work in Wisconsin stems directly from the dedication and investment of our members, who clearly understand the challenges faced by forest wildlife and the need for appropriate management,” said John Eichinger, RGS/AWS President and CEO. “The Wisconsin Drummer Fund allows the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society to directly apply our mission of supporting healthy forests, abundant wildlife and sporting traditions to boots-on-the ground conservation work that enhances both our forested landscapes and the public’s ability to enjoy them.”
RGS/AWS has been a dedicated supporter of forest habitat work in Wisconsin since 1985. Since that time, RGS has contributed over $1 million in support of active forest management efforts across the state. “Disturbance is a natural and critical component of healthy forests, ensuring that the diverse array of habitats required by forest wildlife are present,” noted RGS/AWS Regional Biologist Scott Walter. “The Drummer Fund therefore allows our members to play a direct and meaningful role in forest wildlife conservation.”
Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects approved for 2017 include:
- Rahm Access Project- Price County
- Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership- 21 northern Wisconsin counties
- Eagle River/Florence Hunter Walking Trails- Vilas and Florence counties
- Marinette County Aspen Regeneration- Marinette County
- Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area Hunter Walking Trail Network- Oneida County
- Marathon County Young Forest Management- Marathon County
- Hunter Walking Trails and Alder Management- Langlade County
- Parkland Aspen Regeneration- Douglas County
- Promoting Ruffed Grouse Hunting on County Forests- 12 county forest parcels
- School Forest Ruffed Grouse Project- Ashland County
- Clam Lake Wildlife Area Habitat Improvement- Burnett County
- Blockhouse Alder Shearing- Price County
- Tamarack Creek Wildlife Area Shrub Regeneration- Trempealeau County
- Merrill Memorial Forest Wildlife Area Alder Project- Lincoln County
- Hunter Access & Grouse/Woodcock Habitat Improvement- Eau Claire County
- Hunter Walking Trail Improvement Project- Langlade County
- Colburn Wildlife Area Aspen & Alder Regeneration- Adams County
- Forest Wildlife Specialist Position- Northwest Wisconsin counties
For more information on the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society, go to www.ruffedgrousesociety.org, and to find out more about RGS/AWS habitat programs, contact Scott Walter at (608) 538-3840 or ScottW@ruffedgrousesociety.org.
Established in 1961, The Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock 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/AWS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
Information on RGS/AWS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.
RGS/AWS Regional Wildlife Biologist