Hancock Forest Management and Ruffed Grouse Society Team To Improve Wildlife Habitat in Northern Pennsylvania


02/15/16

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RGS Press Release

Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15108
412-262-4044

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2016

Coraopolis, PA – Hancock Forest Management has provided additional funds for the sixth year of cooperative habitat improvement projects with the Ruffed Grouse Society to benefit wildlife on forests the company manages in northern Pennsylvania. The cooperative projects include:

  • Recommendations for aspen management to benefit wildlife;
  • Incorporating practices beneficial for increased wildlife usage on food plots;
  • Development of revegetation recommendations for Marcellus shale well pads to benefit wildlife; and
  • Completion of a long-range habitat improvement plan for a portion of Hancock Timber-managed lands open for public use.

Ed Konwinski, manager for Hancock Forest Management in Smethport, worked closely with and provided a contribution to the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), to further develop the partnership. The funds will be used for habitat work on lands managed by Hancock Forest Management.

“We are pleased this partnership with the Allegheny Chapter of the RGS has reached over the half-way mark,” Mr. Konwinski said. “Hancock Forest Management has a long-standing stewardship ethic that integrates the growing, managing and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air and water quality; biological diversity; wildlife and aquatic habitat; and recreation and aesthetics.  This partnership is part of our ongoing effort to put our stewardship principles into practice.”

“Partnerships with large landowners willing to go the extra step for the benefit of all wildlife, not just grouse and woodcock, maintain the cultural ties many people in this region have to the land. We look forward to continuing this relationship with Hancock Forest Management,” said RGS Regional Biologist Linda Ordiway.

Hancock Forest Management forests in the Allegheny region are third-party certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.


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, the mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

The Hancock Timber Resource Group, a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., an operating company of Manulife Asset Management, manages more than five million acres of timberland in the United States, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  Additional information about Hancock Timber may be found at www.hancocktimber.com.

Contacts:

Linda Ordiway, Ph.D.
RGS Regional Wildlife Biologist
412-720-6034
LindaO@RuffedGrouseSociety.org

Mary Hosmer
Ruffed Grouse Society, Allegheny Chapter
814-512-2101

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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