The long-standing Triple Flush chapter, located in the southern Finger Lakes region of New York State, is back in action and making moves here in the Northeast! The chapter, with great energy, strong history, and new leadership, recently held an incredible Birds & Brew event in Corning, NY. A crowd of nearly 60 hunters filled the venue, sharing stories, raising funds, and celebrating successful habitat management in their neck of the woods!
Todd Waldron, RGS & AWS Northeast Forest Conservation Director said, “As part of a grant from the National Forest Foundation, Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society recently worked with the Finger Lakes National Forest Hector District to enhance and restore woodcock habitat diversity on New York’s only national forest. With generous support from the Triple Flush Chapter, who donated reserve funds to the project as match, RGS & AWS was able to work with a local contractor and FLNF biologist Greg Flood to implement five restoration blocks and identify a few hundred acres of potential future work. The habitat work entailed mastication – mowing of advanced saplings and small poles to re-create openings and diversify habitat. RGS & AWS set up a multi-year cost share agreement with the Forest Service that can support future projects. The grant funding was part of a broader National Forest Foundation grant carried over from 2019, focusing on both the Finger Lakes National Forest and the Huron Manistee National Forest in Michigan. The Triple Flush chapter has big plans for the future! In addition to a stake in the current and future Finger Lakes National Forest habitat projects, the chapter also aims to host mentored events like guided veterans hunts, youth hunts, and educational programs to get new and aspiring hunters into the field. Join RGS & AWS and stay tuned for more information and upcoming projects and events!