Woodcock Management Area to be Dedicated in Pennsylvania


05/18/15

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PRESS RELEASE

Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2015

Ruffed Grouse Society invites the public to a sign dedication of the Bill Goudy Woodcock Management Area located near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.

William H. "Bill" Goudy

Coraopolis, PA: The Ruffed Grouse Society, a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to creating healthy forests for the benefit of ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife, will be dedicating the Bill Goudy Woodcock Management Area in memory of William H. “Bill” Goudy (1933 – 2007) on State Game Lands 82 near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania on June 8, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

William H. “Bill” Goudy was an American woodcock biologist whose life was dedicated to bird hunting and being a voice for woodcock management. He worked for conservation agencies in Michigan and West Virginia and the Ruffed Grouse Society from 1984 through 2002. Goudy’s woodcock research in Michigan was used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in designing the annual woodcock singing-ground survey that started in 1968. Bill worked his entire professional career on woodcock-related matters. Bill lived for many years in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and worked primarily in Pennsylvania for the later part of his career.

To commemorate Goudy’s life and accomplishments, his family, friends, the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Pennsylvania Game Commission contributed funds to help create and manage this Woodcock Management Area, which is centered on the Wills Creek drainage and includes more than two miles of stream corridor.

Pennsylvania Game Commission personnel instrumental in the design and implementation of this project include Jack Lucas, land management supervisor; Pat Anderson, region director; Travis Anderson, game land group supervisor southwest region; Andrew Hetrick, regional forester southwest region; and the food and cover crew of Gamelands 82.

NGWH data collection - Bill Goudy working with fellow woodcock expert, Greg Sepik
 Bill Goudy working with fellow woodcock expert Greg Sepik on woodcock data collection.

 

To attend, please use these directions:
From Berlin, take 160 South for about 9 miles. Turn left onto Witt Road. Turn right onto Gameland Road (this will be first road to right). Follow Gameland Road to intersection with Milwaukee Road and turn right onto Milwaukee Road. This will be the only road to the right. Follow to the bottom of the hill where you will find the gate and parking area.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Linda Ordiway, Ruffed Grouse Society regional wildlife biologist: lindao@ruffedgrousesociety.org or (412) 720-6034.


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, its mission, management projects and membership can be found at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Media Contact:
Linda Ordiway, Ph.D.
RGS/AWS Regional Wildlife Biologist
(412) 720-6034
lindao@ruffedgrousesociety.org
 

Mission Statement

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.

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