Valerie Johnson is new Wisconsin forest wildlife specialist

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. — Valerie Johnson has accepted the first Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society forest wildlife specialist position and will be stationed in the Spooner, Wis., U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center.

Johnson will work with forest landowners to identify and implement sound forest management practices on their lands, emphasizing those that enhance or expand the young forest habitat base, according to an RGS release.

The hire is a collaboration with staff from the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which will support the new, full-time staff person dedicated to forest habitat development in the northwestern portion of Wisconsin.

Johnson has an extensive background in forest management, having worked as a forestry technician for the Wisconsin DNR and in various roles for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Park Service, Illinois DNR and most recently as the treasurer for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Society of American Foresters.

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