Tight budget crimps DNR wildlife programs
On windless days in early spring, Tom Rusch is sometimes faced with a choice. Does he run a ruffed grouse drumming survey, or does he do a prescribed burn to benefit brushland habitat for sharp-tailed grouse?
Rusch is area wildlife manager at Tower for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, one of a half-dozen such managers across Northeastern Minnesota. A tight budget already forces him to make tough choices, and the DNR's fish and game budget is likely to get tighter.