There are many factors that need to be considered before determining baseline responsibilities. Therefore, to better serve you, we recommend that your first step be to contact the program’s administrator, John Carpenter, who can further clarify any ambiguities and answer additional questions that you may have after referencing the information presented in this section.
Complete this form, and he will contact you shortly.
To determine the baseline conditions, you need to verify if suitable Red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) habitat exists on the owner’s property and if a known RCW group exists within one-half-mile of the property.
Criteria for Suitable Foraging Habitat:
- Pine or pine-hardwood (50 % or more pine),
- Stands 30 years of age or older
Criteria for Suitable Nesting Habitat:
- Pine and pine-hardwood stands over 60 years,
- Pine and pine-hardwood stands under 60 years containing scattered or clumped pine trees over 60 years,
- Hardwood-pine over 60 years adjacent to pine and pine-hardwood stands over 30 years, or
- Pine stands containing sawtimber, including stands thought to be generally less than 60 years but containing scattered or clumped trees over 60 years.
Definition of "Known RCW group":
- Property owner knowledge, and
- NC Natural Heritage Program (NHP) database,
- NCWRC databases,
- Databases from cooperating agencies and organizations, and
- Any other reliably obtained and approved information from expert local sources.