The Ruffed Grouse Society creates healthy forest habitat for the benefit of ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop this habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
RGS Forestry and Wildlife Consultants Outreach Program
RGS Habitat Maps on GoogleEarth(R)
Young Forest Conservation Matters
For over 50 years, The Ruffed Grouse Society has actively participated in the restoration or improvement of 500,000 acres of land on federal, state and country lands. RGS is the only national/international organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of grouse hunting and critical grouse habitat through research, education and active participation in habitat management projects.
Forest conservation is facing the important challenges of unhealthy forest management practices, habitat loss and declining wildlife populations. Overcoming these challenges, the RGS is the leader in forest conservation, and no other wildlife conservation organization is dedicated to protecting and restoring and creating early successional forests that provide habitat for ruffed grouse, woodcock and songbirds.
Habitat Management is Essential to the Future of Grouse and Woodcock Hunting. Grouse and woodcock habitat must be responsibly and intelligently managed to maintain or grow grouse populations, whether it be by private landowners or government agencies. Left unmanaged, even the best habitat will outgrow its ability to provide grouse with food, cover and protection from predators – and populations will decline.
These factors, combined with a general misunderstanding of the benefits of active forest management can generate negative public opinion about forest products and natural resources industries. While so-called "old growth" forests are both visually and emotionally appealing, they are no friends to wildlife, whether they be ruffed grouse, woodcock, whitetail deer, golden-winged warblers or the dozens of species of other songbirds and other forest creatures that rely on young forest habitats.
Your membership, contributions, and participation at chapter banquets and other RGS events will help fund much needed research, education and habitat improvement which is essential to the preservation of quality grouse hunting in the future.