- The U.S. Forest Service has extended a deadline for comments on proposed changes to their implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act
- The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society will submit detailed comments on the proposals
- We will make our comments available to members in advance of the new August 26 deadline
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We would love for you to Join Us at Grouse Camp in Eagle River, WI September 27th -29th. Now you have a chance to do so for free by entering our active video contest.
Thanks to generous donors, winners (up to 10) will receive free entry to Grouse Camp 2019 which includes event registration and some meals ($150 value). This does not include lodging.[Read more…] about Video Contest | Join Us at Grouse Camp
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Earlier this month, RGS/AWS President & CEO, Ben Jones was featured on the East To West Hunting podcast.
Joining host Todd Waldron, the two discuss all things RGS/AWS from wildlife and habitat conservation to recruiting new upland bird hunters.
Watch the latest trailer for an upcoming Ruffed Grouse Society film.
This is a story about the grouse woods, unpredictable weather, witty birds, first hunts, and friends. Join RGS/AWS as you feel the experience and Live For October.
Full Film to be released August 2019
A look into the current habitat, wildlife and conservation issues that matter to RGS/AWS members right now.
John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act
In February, the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society celebrated Senate and House approval of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S. 47). The president later signed S. 47 into law on March 12, 2019. The bill included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF has invested over $16 billion in conservation and outdoor recreation since originally passed in 1964. RGS/AWS staff, along with a coalition of our conservation and forest industry partners, worked to secure a $425 million LWCF appropriation in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, a 6.25% increase over the previous year. However, LWCF authorization expired despite a 50-year track record of successfully conserving habitat and expanding recreational access.[Read more…] about Conservation Policy Update | July 2019
The Story of a Conservation Leader…
RGS/AWS President and CEO, Ben Jones was recently a guest on the Project Upland Podcast. Hosted by RGS/AWS member Nick Larson, the two were joined by Creative Director of Northwoods Collective and Project Upland, A.J. DeRosa.[Read more…] about Ben Jones Featured on the Project Upland Podcast
Just in case you missed it, RGS/AWS president and CEO, Ben Jones was featured on the Hunting Dog Podcast, along with Heather Shaw, RGS/AWS regional biologist.
The two conversed with host, Ron Boehme, and BHA regional director, Jason Meekhof. Topics covered included the mission of both organizations, their unique differences as well as how they overlap and collaborate.
Don’t miss this episode of The Hunting Dog Podcast!
Back in the late 1970s, a young graduate student from the local state college called. It was spring and he was studying woodcock north of campus amongst the alder and popple growing wild on the edge of town. “I was told you’re affiliated with the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS).” His name was Dan and he asked, “I’m in need of $75 for supplies for my woodcock research project and wondered if your chapter could help me out?”[Read more…] about The Road to Moosehorn | A Woodcock Story
In partnership with Land and Legacy, RGS/AWS is running a social media contest to promote the conservation missions of two like-minded organizations.
RGS/AWS President and CEO, Ben Jones, along with VP of Mission Sustainability, Sean Curran, joined Adam Keith of Land and Legacy for episode 118 of the Habitat Heroes podcast. Topics included the unique nature and history of RGS/AWS as well as the organization’s future and how people can join the movement and become conservation leaders.