Why Anti-Logging Policies are Killing Grouse and Woodcock

posted on June 27, 2014
dogs_ah2015_fs.jpg (41)

Ever since out-of-control environmentalists convinced the public that logging—all logging—is bad for the forest, wildlife habitat has suffered. Old-growth lumber offers no tangible benefit to wildlife; they require dense underbrush for a variety of biological needs. However, without logging—or, historically, forest fires—old-growth forests are what you get.

Therefore North America's forests are aging and a variety of animal populations have been affected, perhaps none more drastically than ruffed grouse and woodcock. Regional populations of ruffed grouse have greatly declined in areas they once flourished. My home state of Pennsylvania is a perfect example. Meanwhile woodcock have annually declined 1.2-percent since 1968 and research indicates 800,000 fewer male woodcock than in the early 1970's.

What can be done? The preservationist mindset has got to go—we need to cut down some trees! Fortunately a program established by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources gives me hope we're about to do just that. The program, "Grouse Enhanced Management System," will create seven locations within the state where logging will occur to promote the growth of young aspen, an ideal habitat for grouse and woodcock. Aspen is usually harvested every 60 years, but within the program's management areas it will be logged in 40-year rotations.

This is the conservation model needed to get grouse and woodcock populations headed back in the right direction. If Michigan can do it, why not Minnesota? Why not Pennsylvania? Why not Wisconsin, Vermont, Maine and all the historic strongholds?

If similar programs take root, the environmentalists lose, but grouse and woodcock win.


Herman Shooting BRX1
Herman Shooting BRX1

#SundayGunday: Beretta BRX1

Get a closer look at the Beretta BRX1, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

Colt Adds Four Revolvers to its Lineup

Long venerated for its broad catalogue of classic firearms, Colt Manufacturing has announced the addition of four new models to its storied lineup of revolvers.

What You Need to Start Reloading

A setup consisting of the basics for reloading will pay for itself while ensuring you’ll never run out of ammo for your favorite rifle. Here’s what you need to get started.

Review: Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD Gen 2

Leupold’s BX-4 Pro Guide HD Gen 2 rangefinding binocular blends affordability, portability and usability to deliver excellent color, clarity, depth of field and low-light performance.

#SundayGunday: Ruger Super Redhawk .22 Hornet

Get a closer look at the Ruger Super Redhawk in .22 Hornet, the latest addition to our #SundayGunday series.

A 3-Step Plan to Tag a Tom

Here’s a basic three-step turkey hunting plan devised to put the odds in your favor this spring.


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.