The North Carolina state-wide Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) became effective in October 2006. It was developed to address both the conservation needs of the RCW in the State of North Carolina and the concerns of North Carolina's non-federal property owners.
The agreement covers all non-federal lands within the State of North Carolina that are east of NC Highway 29 and Interstate 85 excluding those portions of Moore, Harnett, Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, and Richmond counties treated within the Sandhills Safe Harbor Program (see map to the right).
In order to accomplish the goals and objectives of this Program, all Agreements must incorporate one or more of the following conservation strategies or measures in order to provide important benefits to Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) populations.
Note: All management activities with the potential to affect RCWs should only be conducted by qualified professionals with appropriate state and federal permits.
Any non-federal property owner with land that currently is, or that has the potential to be, an upland pine environment, and who is willing to provide a net conservation benefit to Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCWs) may enroll.
A property owner wishing to enroll their property in a SHMA with NCWRC should follow these
This page will be used to gather information regarding your North Carolina Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Safe Harbor Agreement.
An annual report for each agreement is due on or before January 31st for the reporting period (i.e., prior calendar year).
You must print, sign, and return the last page of the report to the Safe Harbor administrator.
If you would like a copy of the report, use your web browser to print each page separately.
Click HERE to begin your annual report.
*If you have cavity trees and/or if RCWs were translocated onto or off of your property you will also need to fill out these sections:
Thank you for your interest in the North Carolina Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Safe Harbor Program! Please fill out the form below and a representative of the Wildlife Resources Commission will contact you shortly.