Management actions help woodpecker recover

The red-cockaded woodpecker is rebounding throughout the South. ©Dominic Sherony

At Fort Stewart, Georgia, and across much of the Southeast, the red-cockaded woodpecker is on the rebound. Listed as endangered since the Endangered Species Act was created, the bird is now being considered for downlisting or delisting altogether. Using fire to manage longleaf pine forests and creating artificial cavities for the birds to nest have helped in return. “The fact that we are able to consider reclassifying the woodpecker is a major accomplishment for conservation,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials told WABE public radio.

Find more on the work at Fort Stewart from WABE here.