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BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., (Sept. 24) -- Over the past six months, landowners here have been clear-cutting thousands of trees to keep them from becoming homes for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker….
The agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker “clusters,” and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods of this town in southeastern North Carolina as protected habitat, subject to more-stringent building restrictions. Source: AOL news
In this booming coastal town, it's the tiny red-cockaded woodpecker.
During the past six months, ugly, stump-riddled gashes have appeared throughout the lush longleaf pine stands here as worried landowners clear cut thousands of trees to prevent them becoming homes for the endangered bird.
The chain saws started in February when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put Boiling Spring Lakes, a state-designated bird sanctuary, on notice that rapid development threatened to squeeze out the woodpecker.
The agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker "clusters" and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods in the southeastern North Carolina town as protected habitat _ and subject to more stringent building restrictions.