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Safe Harbor Workshop
October 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Please join us at the Jones Center at Ichauway for a Special Workshop on Safe Harbor and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers!
The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is one of the great assets of southern pine forests. The woodpecker excavates cavities that last for decades and provide homes for Wood Ducks and scores of other birds. The abundance of cavity-nesting birds doubles when Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are present. Just like quail, frequent fire is also essential for maintaining good woodpecker habitat. Regulations on the use of prescribed are likely to increase as fewer people make a living off the land. Burning for good quail habitat and a rare species could help reinforce the importance of fire for a much larger audience.
Private landowners also have some exciting new tools available that remove the obligations sometimes involved when an imperiled woodpecker is in the mix. Landowners can now have great pinewoods, great quail numbers, and woodpeckers, too, without jeopardizing future land-management opportunities.
The workshop will be hosted by the Jones Center at Ichauway, Tall Timbers, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Staff will provide background on woodpecker habitat needs and management and the benefits of the Safe Harbor Program. Field tours will visit prime woodpecker habitat and also demonstrate first-hand some of the tools used to manage woodpecker populations. Some of the cost-share programs available that emphasize properties that support the woodpecker will also be reviewed.
Kindly RSVP to
Tall Timbers Development Office
(850) 893-4153 ext. 249
We hope to see you there!