Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources News Donation from League of Kentucky Sportsmen will improve grouse, small game habitat June 17, 2014 Contact: Lee McClellan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4443 FRANKFORT, Ky. – A generous donation of two pieces of equipment from the League of Kentucky Sportsmen to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will produce better upland and small game hunting in the future. The League of Kentucky Sportsmen donated $142,000 for two front-end loaders equipped with tree shears for improving habitat for species such as grouse. “The League of Kentucky Sportsmen always has been focused on wildlife conservation and the development of habitat,” said Mark Nethery, immediate past president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen. “This seemed a natural progression.” The shears allow for cutting smaller trees to create open spaces in forested habitat. This benefits upland species such as grouse and quail, as well as small game species such as cottontail rabbits. “This generous donation from the League of Kentucky Sportsmen will enable us to greatly enhance our forest management activities,” said Karen Waldrop, director of wildlife for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “This equipment will improve grouse habitat and other wildlife habitat across the state.” The League of Kentucky Sportsmen presented a check to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission at its quarterly meeting earlier this month. “We see this donation further solidifying the relationship between the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,” Nethery said. “The wildlife and sportsmen of Kentucky are the beneficiaries of this continuing relationship.” -30- The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages, regulates, enforces and promotes responsible use of all fish and wildlife species, their habitats, public wildlife areas and waterways for the benefit of those resources and for public enjoyment. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For more information on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, visit our website at fw.ky.gov.