Hunters Petition Forest Service to Expand Logging, Improve Habitat


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May 19, 2015 — cfergus posting on

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter

The Forest Service should allow more intensive logging in eastern and southern forests to create habitat for ruffed grouse and American woodcock, according to a legal petition announced Friday by the Ruffed Grouse Society.

The "even-aged" forest treatments, which are sometimes referred to as clearcuts, would create young forest habitats favored by the ruffed grouse, golden-winged warbles, and other game and non-game bird species, the society argued in its petition to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.


Ruffed grouse on drumming log. Matt Soberg/RGS photo

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