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Tree Age and Cavity Initiation By Red-cockaded Woodpeckers

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The red-cockaded woodpecker, Picoides borealis, is an endangered species that has declined in numbers with loss of nesting habitat. This loss is due partly to the increased prevalence of short rotations in southern pine forests. Data from Mississippi and South Carolina indicate that, for cavity initiation, the species needs living trees averaging approximately 75 years old for loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), and 95 years old for longleaf pine (P. palustris).

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Biologist with the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Clemson, South Carolina

Publication date: February 1, 1979

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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