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.

Dan Dessecker
Daniel R. Dessecker
Director of
Conservation Policy
(all states)
Phone: 715-234-8302
PO Box 2
Rice Lake WI 54868
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  

Scott Walter
Scott Walter
Regional Wildlife Biologist
Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa
Phone: 608-538-3840 - Bus.
Phone: 412-720-6038 - Cell
16885 County Hwy U
Viola WI  54664
Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen
Meadow Kouffeld
Regional Wildlife Biologist 
(MN and UP MI)
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.

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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