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RGS Partners in Historic Forest Preservation Proposal

RGS is working in partnership with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association on a proposal to acquire timber company lands in Cass, Hubbard and Wadena Counties of Minnesota. The 19-million dollar Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund proposal would acquire available Potlatch Corporation parcels and, where feasible, turn them over to the county land management departments.  The counties would then continue to actively manage the timber on those lands and would also allow public use including hunting.  Recently, forest acres have been undergoing rapid conversion to agricultural lands in this zone of transition between the open country and the northern forests. Approximately 10,000 acres would be preserved under this proposal. Dan Dessecker, Director of Conservation Policy for RGS, said: “ We are excited to be partnering with MDHA on this project. Improving habitat and hunting opportunities is what we do and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to maintain forest on these parcels, but also to continue to provide access to thousands of additional acres adjacent to these tracts.”

Look for more details on this and other Minnesota RGS projects in future communications.

RGS Purchases Mower for Trail and Habitat Work in Northern Minnesota

June 23, Warroad, MN- Grad’s Small Engine Repair, a local Warroad Minnesota business, today ordered a new Rough Cut brand 48-inch mower to be used on local grouse and woodcock habitat. RGS Lake of the Woods Chapter committee members Chuck Lindner and Jared Olafson have been working with the Area DNR Office at Red Lake Wildlife Management Area on establishing new trails and maintaining old ones. Their plans include a phased project to create a 50-mile grouse hunter Super Trail in the Beltrami Island State Forest. “We really appreciate the work that the Warroad volunteers do to help establish and maintain new trails” said Red Lake Wildlife Manager Gretchen Mehmel. Assistant Manager Charlie Tucker adds that DNR did not have the money for a new mower and the equipment will be stored at Red Lake but available for the chapter to use as they like on habitat projects. Thanks to the hard-working Lake of the Woods Chapter volunteers for all their efforts.

A new ScoutLook site video features RGS and the Lake of the Woods Chapter trail work.

Watch for additional information on this and many other RGS projects in Minnesota in the upcoming Minnesota RGS Newsletter available on the FANs page in early July.

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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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