No other wildlife conservation organization is dedicated to protecting and restoring and creating early successional forests that provide habitat specifically for ruffed grouse, woodcock, and songbirds.
Managing habitat for ruffed grouse is accomplished primarily by judicious logging. There is also a growing antipathy towards habitat manipulation as a method of resource management among those who advocate a hands-off philosophy towards forest management.
Habitat Management is Essential to the Future of Grouse and Woodcock Hunting. Grouse and woodcock habitat must be responsibly and intelligently managed to maintain or grow grouse populations, whether it be by private landowners or government agencies.
Left unmanaged, even the best habitat will outgrow its ability to provide grouse with food, cover and protection from predators – and populations will decline.
These factors, combined with a general misunderstanding of the benefits of active forest management can generate negative public opinion about forest products and natural resources industries.
Your membership, contributions, and participation at chapter banquets and other RGS events will help fund much needed research, education and habitat improvement which is essential to the future of quality grouse hunting.
For 60 years, The Ruffed Grouse Society has actively participated in the restoration or improvement of 500,000 acres of land on federal, state and country lands.
RGS is the only national/international organization dedicated to the improvement of grouse hunting and critical grouse habitat through research, education and active participation in habitat management projects.