MN DNR Position Partially Funded Through Partnership With RGS For Forest Habitat Management
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hired Michael R. North as the forest gamebird coordinator, a position partially funded through a partnership with the Ruffed Grouse Society. In his new position, North will focus on enhancement of forest habitat management and hunting opportunities for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife and will work from the DNR office in Brainerd, Minnesota.
“We are excited to welcome Michael to his new position as forest gamebird coordinator and appreciate the opportunity to work with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to support ruffed grouse and American woodcock habitat in Minnesota,” said RGS President and CEO John Eichinger.
In his new position, North will work to maintain and improve the health of Minnesota’s forest gamebird populations through habitat enhancement and improvement projects, research and education. He hopes to see hunting access maintained and improved and more hunter walking trails and ruffed grouse management areas established, especially near hunter population centers.
North has worked for the MN DNR since 1998, primarily in the Ecological Resources Division as a regional environmental assessment ecologist, where he served on several state forest OHV planning teams, conducted wetland delineations on departmental projects and completed a management plan for 86,000 acres of leased federal lands primarily managed by the Red Lake WMA.
Before his time with the DNR, North worked 11 years for the U.S. Department of the Interior which included 10 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska studying numerous bird species. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in Zoology from North Dakota State University.
Many of North’s favorite memories revolve around hunting: waterfowl and ptarmigan under the active volcanos at Izembek NWR in Alaska, duck hunting on a secret WPA wetland east of Fargo, North Dakota, rabbit hunting in Iowa, pheasant hunting with his dad every Thanksgiving Day and just being in the northwoods looking for grouse.
“I credit my conservation ethic to my parents who operated a fishing resort in northern Cass County during my childhood and to my grandfather who was the vice-president of the Izaak Walton League in Iowa and a colleague of Ding Darling, creator of the federal duck stamp program.”
North may be contacted by email at email@example.com, by phone at 218-833-8642 or by mail at Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse 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 works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.
Information on RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.