Red-cockaded woodpeckers are found in open
park-like pine forests maintained by periodic fire. They require at
least 75 acres for nesting and feeding.
Pine stands unsuitable for red-cockaded woodpeckers
can be restored to a suitable condition using proper habitat
management such as:
- Recurring prescribed burns
- Lengthening pine timber rotations
- Thinning and maintaining pine stands
- Midstory and overstory hardwood control
- Planting longleaf pine or south Florida slash on appropriate
- Installing and maintaining artificial cavities
Management of red-cockaded woodpecker habitat can
be compatible with other land uses including timber harvesting,
cattle production or quail management.
Florida's Safe Harbor Program is sensitive to landowners wanting
to use their property for economic benefit or personal use. FWC
staff will work with landowners to develop a plan to enhance the
habitat in line with the owner's land management objectives.