RGS Regional Wildlife Biologists

RGS regional wildlife biologists are responsible for implementing on-the-ground public land forest management projects and landowner and land manager education. Each biologist provides periodic newsletters and Forest Action Network (FAN) updates. Contact them about forest wildlife management in your region.


Scott Walter
Scott Walter, PhD
Regional Wildlife Biologist
Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa

Phone: 608-538-3840 - Bus.
Phone: 412-720-6038 - Cell
16885 County Hwy U
Viola WI  54664


Brent Rudolph
Brent A. Rudolph, PhD
Director of Conservation Policy
Washington D.C.

Phone: 517-980-4570 
324 W. Elm Street
Mason, MI 48854
Newsletters and FANs


Linda Ordiway
Linda D. Ordiway, PhD

Regional Wildlife Biologist
Mid-Atlantic & Southern Appalachian

Phone: 412-720-6034
72 Gilbert Ln
Bradford PA 16701


Andy Weik
Andrew P. Weik

Regional Wildlife Biologist
New England, NY & LA
Phone: 607-793-4832
455 Bone Plain
Freeville NY  13068


Heather Shaw
Heather Shaw
Regional Wildlife Biologist
Indiana, LP Michigan, Ohio

Phone: 989-330-0034

4033 Elizabeth St
Rosebush, MI 48878  


Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen
Meadow Kouffeld
Regional Wildlife Biologist

Minnesota and UP Michigan)
Phone: 218-999-4722 - Bus.
Phone: 218-398-1076 - Cell

1202 SE 7th St
Grand Rapids MN  55744
Regional Facebook page


Ted Dick

Ted Dick
MN DNR Forest Gamebird Coordinator*
Phone: 218-328-8869
1201 E Highway 2
Grand Rapids MN  55744


*The Forest Gamebird Coordinator is a
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
position that is partially funded
through a partnership with
the Ruffed Grouse Society.


Valerie Johnson
Valerie Johnson
Forest Habitat Specialist*

Phone: 715-635-8228 (ext.-Coming Soon)
*The Forest Habitat Specialist is an RGS/AWS position supported
in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation
Service and the Wisconsin DNR.


Dan Dessecker
Daniel R. Dessecker
of Counsel

(all states)
Phone: 715-234-8302
PO Box 2
Rice Lake WI 54868

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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