Do you hunt on the Huron-Manistee National Forests? Are you concerned about how the Forest Service manages their land in Michigan?
If so, there is an opportunity to have your voice heard right now on a project that will significantly increase habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and many other game and non-game species. It is vital for the Forest Service staff to know that you support what they are proposing not only so they will complete these activities but also so they will plan for more in the future. This support also will help as we proceed with our legal action against the U.S. Forest Service to get them to meet their minimum young forest goals. Read More…
The Big Jackson Project is open for public comment until February 12, 2016. This project includes aspen clearcutting but also non-commercial aspen harvests where logging machines can’t reach, alder clearcuts to maintain thick shrubby habitat in wetter areas, prescribed fire that will help regenerate young forests, planting of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, and oak regeneration cuttings that will create thick oak stands which are very beneficial to ruffed grouse.
I have submitted comments and supporting research. You are free to use them or any part of the letter in your comments. You will notice that I am supportive of what they proposed but have asked that they INCREASE some of the acreages to be treated.
Regional Wildlife Biologist and Grant Writer
Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society