Ruffed Grouse Society Announces 2011 Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects

Ruffed Grouse Society Announces 2011 Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects
Eleven Habitat Projects Approved For Funding.

Ruffed Grouse Society
Ruffed Grouse Society

Coraopolis, PA –-( The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will be providing financial support for eleven habitat projects during 2011 via its Wisconsin Drummer Fund.

The projects are designed to benefit habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and wildlife species like deer and songbirds that rely upon young forests for survival.

Partners receiving RGS funding this year for projects in Wisconsin include the USDA Forest Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Jackson County Forestry Department, Douglas County Forestry Department, Wood County Forestry Department and Florence County Forestry and Parks Department.

According to Mike Zagata, RGS President and CEO, “RGS is pleased to work with a variety of Wisconsin partners to continue to support important wildlife related projects across the state. Since 1985, RGS has contributed over 750,000 dollars to fund 85 projects in 40 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

Our dedicated chapter members have worked hard to provide the funds that enable RGS to support these important projects that benefit both hunted and non-hunted wildlife.”

The Wisconsin Drummer Fund was initiated in 2010 with over $53,000 from chapter fund raising events and member donations being made available to support grouse and woodcock projects in 2011.

Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects approved for 2011 include:

  • Barron County Alder Management – Wisconsin DNR
  • Bell Mound Ruffed Grouse Management Area Establishment – Jackson County Forestry Department
  • Clam River Fishery Alder Management – Wisconsin DNR
  • Colburn Wildlife Area Early Successional Habitat – Wisconsin DNR
  • Dell Creek Wildlife Area Habitat Improvement – Wisconsin DNR
  • Duck Lake Hunter Walking Trail Development – Florence County Forestry and Parks Department
  • Hunter Walking Trail System Restoration in Oconto and Forest Counties – USDA Forest Service
  • North Central Wisconsin Early Successional Habitat – Wisconsin DNR
  • Potato Creek Wildlife Area Woodcock Management – Wisconsin DNR
  • Ruffed Grouse Management Area Access Improvement – Douglas County Forestry Department
  • Wood County Wildlife Area Aspen/Alder Regeneration – Wood County Forestry Department and Wisconsin DNR

“The projects selected for funding under the Wisconsin Drummer Fund went through a thorough evaluation. Projects that could be cost shared with other organizations received high consideration. The $53,000 being provided by RGS is being matched by other agencies with a total of just over $103,000 projected to be spent to complete these eleven projects.”, said RGS coordinating biologist Gary Zimmer.

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: