Ruffed Grouse Society Announces Record Funding for Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects

Fourteen Projects Targeted for Funding in 2015

Ruffed Grouse Society Announces Record Funding for Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects
Ruffed Grouse Society Announces Record Funding for Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects


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Coraopolis, PA -( Fourteen projects benefiting ruffed grouse and American woodcock habitat in Wisconsin have been selected by the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) and its sister organization the American Woodcock Society (AWS) to receive $63,755 during 2015 through its Wisconsin Drummer Fund program.

Partners in these projects covering an estimated 3,004 acres include county forestry departments in Ashland, Douglas, Marathon and Oconto Counties, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR), the Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its Partners in Fish and Wildlife Program.

According to John Eichinger, RGS/AWS President and CEO, “We are very pleased to provide the largest amount of Drummer Funds ever distributed for Wisconsin projects. This is only possible because of the hard work and passion of our chapter committees and those dedicated members who help support our efforts.”

The Wisconsin Drummer Fund was initiated in 2010 and is the direct result of funds being raised at RGS chapter fund raising events and through direct member donations. Since its inception, nearly $296,000 has been made available through the Wisconsin Drummer Fund to support 70 Wisconsin grouse and woodcock-related projects covering an estimated 7,824 acres.

Wisconsin Drummer Fund Projects approved for 2015 include (project title/county location and partners):

  • Cylon Wildlife Area Alder Regeneration/St. Croix County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Eldorado Marsh State Wildlife Area Opening Management/Fond du Lac County– Wisconsin DNR
  • Empire Swamp Management Area Access Improvement/Douglas County – Douglas County Forestry Department
  • Flambeau River State Forest Hunter Walking Trail Maintenance/Sawyer County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Lower Wolf River Bottoms Alder Regeneration/ Outagamie County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Marathon County Alder Regeneration – Wisconsin DNR, Marathon County Forestry Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Pete DeFoure Road Habitat Improvement/Oconto County – Wisconsin DNR and Oconto County Forestry Department
  • Radley Creek Alder and Aspen Regeneration/Waupaca County – Wisconsin DNR
  • Sawyer County State Wildlife Area Trails and Opening Management – Wisconsin DNR
  • Spruce River & Empire Swamp Grouse Management Area Access and Habitat Improvement/Douglas County – Douglas County Forestry Department
  • White River Wildlife Area Barrier Free Hunting Trail Development/Ashland County – Wisconsin DNR and Ashland County Forestry Department
  • Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Program Support/21 northern counties – Wisconsin DNR and other partner organizations
  • Woods & Wildlife for Today & Tomorrow/8 central counties – Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
  • Young Forest Management Brochure for Private Landowners – Wisconsin DNR

Two of the 14 approved projects in 2015 are taking place on the Douglas County Forest.

According to Jon Harris, Director of forestry and natural resources for the Douglas County Forestry Department, “Douglas County has partnered with RGS for many years establishing three large ruffed grouse and woodcock cooperative management areas on the County Forest. We appreciate the Society’s support to allow us to target the management of these properties for these upland game birds and provide many enjoyable fall hunting opportunities for visitors to the area.”

“Though the Wisconsin Drummer Fund originated in 2010, RGS has been very active supporting habitat work in Wisconsin since 1985. Since that time, RGS has contributed nearly $1 million to fund projects in 46 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties,” reports RGS/AWS Coordinating Biologist Gary Zimmer.

These funds have been matched by other agencies and organizations and have resulted in over $890,000 worth of projects being funded in Wisconsin since 2010.

This year marks the fifth straight year for record funding levels under this program.

About Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS)

Established in 1961, The Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock 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/AWS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Information on RGS/AWS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found at