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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: washington county
Re: RGS/PF Activities?
Any organization is what you make of it....and what the current leaders see as their goal.
Some like the banquet scene and chummy get-togethers...for others like myself, that got old quickly.
Some also like weed-whacking or shrub planting on a weekend....while others view that effort as wasted if too much fragmentation is present.
Build it and they will come does not always work....RGS blinks that idea and considers that it does work.
However, RGS does have a much different dynamic for habitat work...a much harder row to hoe than PF, for example.
RGS fights the big boys of the SELC and cash/energy sapped DNRs and deer hunters. Their habitat work of clearcuts and diverse age classes of timber too often makes the paper in the wrong way.
RGS, unlike PF, needs Federal and Corporate acreage(tho RGS has taken Corporate for granted in many areas of the range to a great loss). Yes, we all know of federal set-asides.
While RGS plumps for private landowner action, that fragmentation mentioned before often means that little results but the ever-popular Grip & Grin photo op....and banquet $$$s.
RGS missed several boats and have written off the ruffed grouse in parts of the range.
So, many points and your own point of view and interest may indicate which way you wish to jump with your game organization dollar.
Pick and Choose...Fit and Try.
Change as necessary.
For me, I tried RGS several times over the last 40 years or so and no longer belong.
PF still gets some lucre.
There are some prairie bird organizations worth a look and Delta Waterfowl is not bad.
American Rivers, as well.
Actually, it is not a bad idea to join some anti-environment organizations, such as the Buckeye Forest Council. Seeing how those dolts think often gives a better view of the problems a healthy ecosystem faces re management.
Or the sue-happy, sue-failures, the USoP, for that matter.
I have belonged to both of those groups while holding my nose with each.
It can be an eye-opener to see the stupidity that a selfish agenda delivers.
GBE was correct....decades ago.
Rory has a good owner now....lucky lad.