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Friday, November 9, 2012

Ruffed Grouse Society Needs Volunteers

The Ruffed Grouse Society is looking for hunters willing to volunteer half a day to help improve habitat for grouse, woodcock, and wildlife needing young tree habitat.

The habitat work this fall consists of hand planting gray dogwood in a streamside zone on Hancock Forest lands near Clermont in southern McKean County.

The tentative planting days are:

• Tuesday, 11/13
• Thursday, 11/15
• Friday, 11/16
• Sunday, 11/18
• Wednesday, 11/21
• Friday, 11/23
• Saturday, 11/24
• Sunday, 11/25

Planting starts at noon of each day. Meet at the Clermont Fire Hall (just west of the junction of the Rasselas Road with SR 146 south of US 6). A hunter orange hat and shirt, jacket or hunting vest is required clothing. All volunteers must wear boots and gloves. Contact Mary Hosmer at 814-512-2101 if you plant to help so the right number of seedlings and hand planters are available on site.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.

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