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Michigan DNR Press Release
May 1, 2015

Contact: Katie Keen, 989-385-0336

RGS and RGS members at the forefront of shrub and tree plantings


Southeast Benzie County Work Day group

Local DNR volunteers and the Le Grand Traverse Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
planted more than 500 donated shrubs and trees in southeast Benzie County.

While the last weekend in April typically is important to Michigan anglers because of season openers, this year volunteers took to the woods to lend a hand in managing wildlife.  Groups gathered in areas of Gladwin, Clare, Crawford and Benzie counties and put in some sweat equity to improve wildlife habitat on public land.

For each area, Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and their staffs planned planting activities last year, received approvals though forest planning, and went to work this spring. Read more...


Crawford County Work Day group

Thirteen hard-working volunteers – including a father-son team from Midland, a wildlife enthusiast from Cedar, a couple of locals, and several members of the neighboring Jim Foote Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society – planted 400 trees and shrubs in Crawford County.


Northeast Gladwin County Work Day group

Volunteers from Midland High School Conservation Club and the North Central Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society joined DNR staff members in northeast Gladwin County to plant trees and shrubs that will benefit many different types of wildlife.

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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