Grayling, MI -(Ammoland.com)- The Department of Natural Resources is looking for partners in a new hunting and wildlife management program called the Grouse Enhanced Management System (GEMS), in which timber is intensively managed to improve ruffed grouse habitat and hunting opportunities.
Seven GEMS are being formed in both the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula for a fall 2014 hunting season debut. GEMS will be managed primarily for aspen and harvested on a shortened rotation.
Normally aspen is cut every 60 years, but within the GEMS, aspen is intended to be young and thick; the best habitat for grouse and woodcock, and will be cut about every 40 years. Each GEMS area will contain gated roads, which will allow hunters to meander among different-aged aspen stands without concern for vehicle traffic.
Each GEMS area will have a parking lot, an information station and signs, as well as local community partners, and each will:
- Provide unique, walk-in hunting opportunities.
- Promote hunter recruitment and retention.
- Expand local economies.
- Accelerate timber harvest opportunities.
Groups or organizations interested in partnering with GEMS can contact Katie Keen.
About The Department of Natural Resources
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