RGS PRESS RELEASE
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2016
RGS and AWS Regional Biologist Dr. Scott Walter and Kurt Waterstradt,
Wisconsin State Coordinator of the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program,
celebrate approval of a new agreement that will bring $50,000 in dedicated funding to young forest habitat efforts.
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to expand support for young forest habitat restoration efforts across northern and central Wisconsin. A new agreement secures $25,000 in FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program funding for forest management practices that will benefit ruffed grouse, American woodcock, golden-winged warblers and other young-forest dependent wildlife species over the next three years.
RGS has also committed an equal amount of staff time and habitat funding over this time period, resulting in $50,000 in total support for critical habitat efforts in the state. Landowners across northern and central portions of the state will be eligible for assistance, but support will focus on identified priority areas for woodcock and golden-winged warblers. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program provides technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in enhancing fish and wildlife habitat on their land.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service has long been a leader in private lands conservation work in Wisconsin, and we’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with their staff and bring additional resources to address our shared mission of supporting healthy forests in the state,” noted RGS and AWS Regional Biologist Scott Walter. “This agreement is a great example of how, by partnering with agencies that have similar conservation goals, we can magnify our ability to meet conservation objectives. This agreement also brings assistance to those who own 90 percent of the land in the upper Midwest – private landowners.”
For more information on the Partners program, go to http://www.fws.gov/midwest/partners/. The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership website (http://youngforest.org/wisconsin/wisconsin-young-forest-partnership) also provides excellent resources for those interested in promoting healthy forests in northern Wisconsin.
Established in 1961, The Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock 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/AWS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
Information on RGS/AWS, the mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.
Scott Walter, Ph.D.
RGS & AWS Regional Biologist