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Fight for logging, young forests gains ground

By Kurt Krueger

THE FIGHT to preserve what’s left of the aspen/birch habitat in the national forest has more purpose than ever before, seeing at least 40 species of birds and animals are dependent on early successional forest.
There’s been a lot of talk in this space about the importance of clear-cutting and the regeneration of young aspen for ruffed grouse and American woodcock, but the need to protect and enhance these young habitats goes much further.
Gary Zimmer of Wabeno, senior biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), gave an update on the organization’s work during a meet-and-greet session earlier this month in Eagle River.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:24 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:27 PM

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