Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)

Current Status is Federally Endangered

The FWC received a petition to re-evaluate the Red-cockaded Woodpecker in 2001.  The woodpecker was evaluated according to the listing process rules and it was determined that the status change from a Threatened species to one of Special Concern was warranted.  In 2003, FWC reclassified the RCW as a "species of special concern," meaning it still is at high risk of extinction. In 2010, the Commission approved new rules for listing imperiled species and the RCW was listed as Federally endangered in Florida. Below are links to the petition that was received in 2001, the final biological status report, and a copy of the approved management plan.



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