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Major Conservation Initiative to Benefit Endangered
Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Private Landowners



January 20, 2005

Jim Rothschild,
404/679-7291, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bo Boehringer, 225-765-5115, LDWF
Eric Baka, 225-765-2359, LDWF



Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Announce Major Conservation Initiative to Benefit Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Private Landowners


Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 1:30 p.m.


LDWF Headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, The Louisiana Room, 1st floor, main lobby (Located behind Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Perkins Road.)


Dwight Landreneau, LDWF Secretary
Sam Hamilton, USFWS Southeast Regional Director


Officials will announce a statewide Safe Harbor conservation agreement that gives both agencies flexibility to provide private landowners protection when they agree to voluntarily manage their property to conserve red-cockaded woodpecker habitat.

The Louisiana State-wide Red-cockaded Woodpecker Safe Harbor Agreement, created as a state and Federal partnership, will help conserve the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and provide assurances to enrolled non-Federal landowners. LDWF will be able to enroll landowners who agree to voluntarily manage for red-cockaded woodpecker groups and their habitat.

Private landowners whose property meets the criteria for red-cockaded woodpecker habitat development will have the flexibility to develop long-range land-use plans and management practices.


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