Grouse Are Disappearing

Grouse Are Disappearing

Author: The Ruffed Grouse Society
Published: November 5, 2021

Today’s public lands are lacking the quality habitats that allow wildlife to continue to thrive. As time moves on, so will specific species. Here is a look at the decrease in population of the grouse along the Appalachian landscape.

“Looking out over the Southern Appalachian landscape from the Blue Ridge Parkway, one sees a beautiful landscape of rolling hills and vibrant green forests as far as the eye can see. The lush, closed canopy forests that dominate the region’s public lands are no doubt aesthetically beautiful, but they lack diverse forest habitat that many forest wildlife depend upon.

In December 2020, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (AFWA) Eastern Grouse Working Group released a report highlighting that ruffed grouse populations have declined by 71% since 1989 in the Southern Appalachians. The primary reason for this is a lack of forest habitat diversity at large scales, especially the loss of young forests from the landscape.”


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