Ruffed Grouse Management Area Coming To Taylor County 5/4/18
The Taylor County Forestry Committee met on Friday, May 4th. After calling the meeting to order, Chairman Chuck Zenner asked for a moment of silence in observance of the many years of service received from Mike Roiger. Then Mr. Zenner expressed his gratitude for Mike Roiger's wisdom and sound advice which he provided the group. The committee had been comprised of 4 members including Mr. Roiger who had been added to the committee due to his experience with the forestry industry and affiliation with the WI Counties Association. After the passing of Mr. Roiger, the remaining 3 committee members voted unanimously to decrease the number of forestry committee members from 4 down to 3.
Looking ahead to road maintenance in the county forest the committee approved letting out bids on 4 types of road material. The 2018 summer maintenance road projects call for about 2,600 yards of road material with an estimated value of $28,000. Bids will be opened on June 1st and the material will be placed on the roads in the town of Rib Lake county forest at 4 locations.
With spring in full swing, the sights and sounds of drumming ruffed grouse may be heard in the area. County forester Jake Walsisak told the committee that a portion of Taylor County forest is ideal to be designated as a Ruffed Grouse Management area. This portion of the forest is predominately Aspen trees. The plan would be to stagger logging contracts in smaller tracts to provide a more steady young growth of Aspen which is ideal for grouse. Also, a monitored program of mowed tag alder sections will provide additional habitat. The committee voted to establish a Ruffed Grouse Management Area on a tract of 1,285 acres which involves about 7% of Taylor County owned forest. The bulk of the trails would be open to foot traffic only but the trails in the designated area would be open to ATV’s only from November 10th through November 30th to allow access for deer hunters. Mr. Walsisak indicated that by providing a designated grouse habitat location hunters from outside the area would venture to Taylor County and add to the area’s tourism income.
That was some of the business from the recent meeting of the Taylor County Forestry Committee.