RGS PRESS RELEASE
Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
November 15, 2016
For Immediate Release
The 2017 Minnesota Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Habitat Enhancement project receives $230,000.00 in funding from Minnesota DNR Conservation Partners Legacy Grant.
Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS)/American Woodcock Society (AWS) has received a $230,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) program. This grant will allow RGS/AWS to create over 1,000 acres of critically important brushland habitat on state lands throughout Minnesota including aspen regeneration on the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the southeastern part of Minnesota and forest management on Carlos Avery WMA in the north metro region of Minnesota. These secured CPL funds will allow for a significant increase in the amount of acres that can be treated with additional funding provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society and partners such as the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
Brushland and openland areas are an important habitat component for American woodcock and benefit other game and non-game species such as white-tailed deer and golden-winged warblers. American woodcock are a species of “greatest conservation need” and use open lands as singing grounds and as roosting habitat. Left unmanaged, these habitats are slowly replaced by forest and the openland component is lost on the landscape. Ruffed Grouse Society personnel along with area Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff worked together to identify open and bushland areas on state-owned forested land that needed treatment.
Over the lifecycle of the CPL grant, multiple types of equipment will be used to either mow, mulch or shear vegetation on designated treatment sites. No planting will take place, rather the treatment sets back the native vegetation by removing the woody, above-ground portion of plants which promotes the regeneration of young growth. Work will take place over the next two years and will be completed by private contractors contracted by the Ruffed Grouse Society staff and approved by MN DNR agency staff. Ultimately this work maintains and provides brushlands and openlands across northern Minnesota, home to some of the greatest grouse and woodcock habitat in the nation.
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.
Information on RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.