Dr. Linda Ordiway Added to RGS Team of Regional Biologists


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451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA  15108

February 18, 2011
For Immediate Release

Bradford, PA Resident Assigned to Mid-Atlantic Region/Appalachian Region

Coraopolis, PA -- The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is proud to announce the hiring of Dr. Linda Ordiway of Bradford, Pennsylvania as its Mid-Atlantic/Appalachian Regional Biologist.  Before joining RGS, Linda worked for the Northeastern Forestry Sciences Laboratory (NEFSL) of the US Forest Service on the Allegheny National Forest in PA  as both a full time and seasonal wildlife biologist since 1994.  Since 2009 she also taught at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the environmental and biological sciences departments.

Dr. Linda Ordiway and RIPR

While at the NEFSL she focused on the usage of early successional habitats resulting from managed forests by non-game birds from the time they left the nest until they migrated that fall, habitat selection of the Cerulean warbler in managed and unmanaged oak-hickory stands, and the monitoring of avian and amphibian community structure following herbicide treatment for interfering vegetation in Allegheny hardwood stands.

Linda was part of a ground-breaking study that demonstrated the need for early successional habitat, or forest-openings resulting from timber cutting, by interior bird species like some of the thrushes and the scarlet tanager.  Prior to this study, it was felt by some that cutting in a mature forest stand was detrimental to those species.  Now we know that the young of those species rely upon the clearings created by those cuts by using them as feeding areas for insects, fruits and seeds from the time they fledge or leave the nest until they migrate in the fall.

In announcing Dr. Ordiway's appointment, Dr. Mike Zagata, President and CEO of RGS said, “We are very fortunate to have Linda join our team of biologists.  She brings with her a wealth of experience with all of the species, both hunted and non-hunted, which rely upon the young forest habitats created by ecologically sound forest management practices.”

Linda received her BS in Biology and Chemistry from Lock Haven University, and continued her education at Marshall University in a field oriented program for a MS in Biology.  She received her PhD from SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY in Forest and Natural Resource Management.  She enjoys and hunts the early successional habitat in and around the Allegheny National Forest with her 1 yr. old Weimaraner; or as her nieces say, ‘wind-a-rounder’. The pup could use a little more work!

“I have had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and all its players. My pursuit of a degree in forestry rather than wildlife was to better understand the tools available to silviculturists in establishing and maintaining communities of trees and other vegetation viewed valuable to people, and necessary in sustaining wildlife biodiversity in perpetuity,” Dr. Ordiway said, adding, that she looks forward to working with the RGS personnel and its many chapter volunteers throughout the Mid-Atlantic/Appalachian Region in pursuit of reviving the balance of early successional habitat within the landscape and opportunities to promote the RGS mission.

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.

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

Media Contact:
Gary Zimmer
RGS Coordinating Biologist
Phone: 715-674-7505
E-Mail: rgszimm@newnorth.net

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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