Tree Age and Cavity Initiation By Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
Abstract: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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