Ruffed Grouse Society Supports The Thread Lightly Respected Access Campaign
Initiative will eventually open more land to hunters.
Coraopolis, PA –-(AmmoLand.com)- As 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, the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is proud to be a part of the Thread Lightly “Respected Access is Open Access” outreach campaign.
Since its inception in 1961, RGS has always supported initiatives that will open more land to hunting, and the “Respected Access” campaign looks like it will certainly do that.
There are many indiscretions that would make a landowner cut off access to his or her property, with littering, natural resource damage, unsafe shooting practices and visitor conflicts high among them. Drawing attention to these transgressions, by way of public service announcements, social networking, website resources, an online awareness course, trail kiosks, press coverage and outreach at key events, may be just what is needed to curb the misbehavior.
“All it takes is the inexcusable actions of one individual, to give landowners reason to close off their land to hunting and other outdoor activities; and more often than not, once that land is gone, it’s gone forever. Reaching those who have no regard for private and/or public property is no easy task, but this educational campaign is a step in the right direction, and the Ruffed Grouse Society is proud to be a part of it,” said RGS executive Director and CEO Mike Zagata.
As RGS Director of Conservation Policy Dan Dessecker has often said, “Throughout the range of the ruffed grouse, the vast majority of our forests are owned by private individuals. Hunters need to treat these lands with respect to help secure hunting access for the future.”
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 .