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Biologist holding a red cockaded woodpeckerThis week biologists from the Forest Service (NFs Alabama), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ft. Benning Dept. of Defense successfully moved 3 pairs of red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCW) from Ft. Benning military base to the Talladega National Forest – Shoal Creek District.  The RCW is an endangered species that require large tracts of aged, open pine woodlands. Translocation is a team effort with federal, state and private organizations. The program involves not only sending and receiving breeding pairs of woodpeckers, but extensive restoration of the native forest habitats that support them.  The long-term objective is to re-establish the red-cockaded woodpecker species across its natural range.

Biologist climbing trees to relocate red-cockaded woodpeckers

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