The Forest has approved continued management of twelve of its ruffed grouse management areas (RGMAs) to improve and enhance early successional habitat. About 6,000 of 31,000 acres comprising twelve RGMAs are proposed for habitat improvement. Actions include regenerating aspen & birch forest, and alder shrublands. Management will be implemented over the next 15-20 years.
Various areas across four ranger districts: Medford-Park Falls, Eagle River-Florence, Great Divide, and Lakewood-Laona
District: Chequamegon / Nicolet National Forest All Units
ESHI_EA_Appendices (PDF 2122kb) Site-specific Maps, Tables, and Features of the proposed action and alternatives
ESHI_EA (PDF 787kb) Environmental Assessment completed in February, 2012
ESHI_DN_FONSI (PDF 1983kb) This decision was signed on by Forest Supervisor Paul Strong on March 2, 2012. Legal Notice was published in the Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 7, 2012. As only supportive comments were received, this action may be implemented immediately.