Ruffed Grouse Society Announces 2013 Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects02/07/13
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
Record 15 Projects Approved For Funding
Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has selected 15 projects to receive over $58,000 during 2013 through its Wisconsin Drummer Fund program. The projects are designed to benefit habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife species that rely upon young forests for survival. Partners receiving RGS funding for projects in Wisconsin in 2013 include county forestry departments in Douglas, Florence, Marathon, Oconto, Washburn, Wood, and Vilas Counties, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Other partners providing support for these projects include the American Bird Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
According to John Eichinger, RGS President and CEO, “2013 is a record year for the Wisconsin Drummer Fund with the most funds being distributed to the highest number of projects that RGS has ever supported in Wisconsin. Our ability to fund these important projects is highly dependent on the dedicated efforts of the volunteer members of our local RGS chapters in Wisconsin.”
The Wisconsin Drummer Fund was initiated in 2010 and is the direct result of funds being raised specifically at Wisconsin RGS chapter fund raising events and through direct member donations. Since its inception, nearly $157,000 has been made available through the Wisconsin Drummer Fund to support 40 Wisconsin grouse and woodcock projects. These funds have been matched by other agencies and organizations and have resulted in over $350,000 worth of projects being funded in Wisconsin since 2010.
Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects approved for 2013 include:
- Big Roche A Cri Alder Regeneration/Adams and Waushara Counties – Wisconsin DNR
- Clam Lake Wildlife Area Alder Regeneration/Burnett County – Wisconsin DNR
- Colburn Wildlife Area Alder Regeneration/Adams County– Wisconsin DNR
- Douglas County Alder Regeneration – Wisconsin DNR and Douglas County Forestry Department
- Hall’s Creek Hunting Trail Expansion/Florence County – Florence County Forestry Department
- Kubisiak Ruffed Grouse Management Area Aspen Regeneration/Wood County – Wisconsin DNR and Wood County Forestry Department
- Marathon County Alder Regeneration – Wisconsin DNR and Marathon County Forestry Department
- Oconto County Grouse Hunting Trail Development – Wisconsin DNR and Oconto County Forestry Department
- Parker Creek Alder Regeneration/Polk County – Wisconsin DNR
- Peshtigo Harbor Woodcock Habitat Restoration/Marinette County – Wisconsin DNR
- Vilas County Hunting Trail Rehabilitation - Vilas County Forestry Department
- Washburn County Wildlife Openings – Washburn County Forestry Department
- Woodcock Management Video Development – Wisconsin DNR
- Wood County Buckthorn Treatment – Wisconsin DNR and Wood County Forestry Department
- Young Forest Private Landowner Outreach – Wisconsin DNR
The Wisconsin DNR is a recipient of funding for 12 projects in 2013 through this program. Chuck McCullough, DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor from Antigo states, “RGS continues to play a major role in funding habitat work for grouse and woodcock across Wisconsin. Their support is critical to the management of young forest habitat across the state."
“Though the Wisconsin Drummer Fund originated in 2010, RGS has been very active supporting habitat work in Wisconsin since 1985. Since that time, RGS has contributed over $850,000 to fund over 100 projects in 44 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties,” reports RGS coordinating biologist Gary Zimmer.
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other wildlife. We work with landowners and government officials to develop critical habitat using scientific forest management.
Information on the RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.
Gary Zimmer, RGS Coordinating Wildlife Biologist