Outdoors notebook: Grouse Society seeks forest changes


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TribLive.com Sports
By Bob Frye  
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:12 p.m.

Ruffed grouse, woodcock, golden-winged warblers and a host of other species need young forest habitat to thrive.

The Ruffed Grouse Society wants to make sure they have it.

It has filed a legal challenge to compel the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service to create young forest habitat on forests throughout the East.

Their “consistent failure” to do so, as called for by their own forest management plans, has “contributed to substantial declines in the populations of game and nongame wildlife that depend upon these habitats,” Grouse Society president John Eichinger said.

The society pointed to some specifics.

Wayne National Forest in Ohio has established only 2 percent of the young forest acreage identified as a minimum goal in its forest plan, the society said. Jefferson National Forest in Virginia has established only 12 percent and Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee just 13 percent.

Eichinger said the society “takes this step reluctantly, but has little alternative due to the Forest Service's lack of response to our repeated efforts to work collaboratively.”

“These deficiencies indicate a systemic problem that demands the attention of our most senior officials within the Forest Service.”

The above article is copied verbatim at ~11:25 AM, June 29, 2015 from the original. Read it and other notebook topics: http://triblive.com/sports/outdoors/8649670-74/story. This story and others are a result of the Petition for Rulemaking filed by RGS with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service in May 2015. Search the RGS site for "rulemaking" (without the quotes) to read more.

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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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