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Young forest partnership fulfills an erstwhile wish.


Story and photos by Todd and Veronica Berg

Shortly after purchasing our small parcel of heaven in northern Wisconsin during early 2008, we discovered through a written document and a subsequent conversation with our legal counsel, that a previous owner nearly 40 years ago made it clear that he hoped that the land would be "used."

He wanted to see the acreage actively managed, enjoyed and fostered for the future. We never forgot that wish. Our goal was simple at the time: shoot a big deer or two and have some grouse and woodcock opportunities for our sporting dog while we made some great lifelong friends.

Little did we know what the land – and along the way some great people who had their own visions and initiatives – had in store for us.

Habitat Regeneration
Edging and feathering are an important part of the mulching process to create safe areas for birds and other wildlife.
The American Bird Conservancy and partners recently secured USDA–NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program
funds to help private landowners with similar habitat management projects on 11,800 acres by 2020.

Through the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill and with the help of the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a consortium of conservation organizations like the Ruffed Grouse Society, private landowners and county foresters like our own Richard Windmoeller, there was a new opportunity. The Young Forest Partnership (YFP) was born. An effort to improve the plight of woodcock, golden-winged warbler and several other species was underway.

Read the rest of the story here: http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/2015/04/tree.htm.

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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