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Red-cockaded Woodpecker Experts Flock to Savannah


January 21, 2003

Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-729


Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior
Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Major General David M. Mize, Commander, Camp Lejune, U.S. Marine Corps
Michael Bean, Chairman Wildlife Program, Environmental Defense
David Waller, Director Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Tom L. Darden, Director, Biological and Physical Resources, U.S. Forest Service Southern Region


Red-cockaded Woodpecker Symposium IV Media Availability.


January 27, 2003 Noon


Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 233-7722
This Symposium is organized and hosted by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service every ten years. Nearly 300 are expected to attend the five day conference. It will provide a forum to discuss status of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, highlight conservation success stories and future challenges to its recovery, and provide management strategies and research findings while sharing innovative ideas to help recover the species.

Red-cockaded woodpecker Symposium IV will bring together most, if not all, of the individuals, agencies, institutions, and organizations involved and/or interested in, or affected by, the conservation, recovery and management of the red-cockaded woodpecker. Ninety-five (95) presenters will provide 78 oral presentations and 34 posters. The oral presentations will cover a wide variety of topics, including, state-of-the-art population and habitat management techniques; latest research findings; regional and landscape-scale conservation partnerships; population status and trends reports; safe harbor and other private land initiatives; population dynamics, demography and ecology; computer-based population monitoring, habitat management, data tracking, and accomplishment reporting systems; and outreach programs.

For complete schedule on the conference and more information, please visit:

NOTE: Media is invited to an upcoming red-cockaded woodpecker field trip associated with the conference at Fort Stewart on January 29th. Details to follow in a separate release.

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