Conservation Plans and Agreements

Safe Harbor Agreement

Data Definitions

GA DNR Statewide RCW HCP & SHA - Amendment #2
USFWS Region(s)
USFWS Field Office(s)
Georgia Ecological Services Field Office
NEPA Process
categorical exclusion
Involved Agency
  • Date Information
  • Date Assistance Initiated
    Date Application Received
    Date of Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS
    Date Noticed in Federal Register
    No info
    Date Permit Issued
    Date Application Withdrawn
    Date Permit Expired
    Date Permit Denied
    Date Permit Suspended
    Date Permit Revoked
  • Area Description Information
  • Location
    This plan covers the entire State of Georgia, but the currently occupied or potential habitat area for RCWs is considerably less.
    Listed Species
  • Salamander, frosted flatwoods - (Ambystoma cingulatum) Entire T
  • Snake, eastern indigo - (Drymarchon corais couperi) Entire T
  • Woodpecker, red-cockaded - (Picoides borealis) Entire E
  • Non-Listed Species
    No non-listed species
    A range of currently and potentially suitable RCW habitats are eligible for participation in the GA Statewide RCW SHA. These habitats range from planted loblolly pine plantations to natural longleaf pine stands. It is expected that most SHA participants will be those landowners who grow older-aged pine forest stands for aestethic or recreation reasons, those who are in close proximity to the few remaining RCW populations, and those who want to encourage RCWs on their lands. In particular, participation is expected from many of the nature reserves, quail hunting plantations, and small and large timber landowners in southern Georgia.
  • Georgia
  • Size (Total Area Covered, by State)
  • 109000000 acres (Georgia)
  • Enrolled Size (Total Area Enrolled, by State)
    Data not available
    Encompassed Planning Area? (by state)
  • No
  • Acreage Protected
    144641 acres
    Acreage Created/Enhanced/Restored
    53003 acres
  • Other Information
  • Applicant Type
    state agency
    Land Use
    forest management activities
    recreational activities
    94 years, 0 months
    Reporting Frequency
    Annual Reporting Required.
    Report Received Date(s)
    Tall Timbers Research Station, Turner Endangered Species Fund, Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, The Nature Conservancy, Department of Defense, Southern Company
    FWS Contact
    John Doresky, West Georgia Ecological Services Sub Office, (706)544-6030.
    WO Copy of Agreement
    Monitoring Notes
    Nest monitoring and banding have been conducted on 5 SHA-enrolled properties, including Ichuaway at Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, a mitigation site under this HCP/SHA agreement. Juvenile RCWs have been translocated from these properties to Ichuaway, contributing to the growth of that population (from 1 bird to 19 groups) and to the overall recovery of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Sixty-four RCW groups were monitored in 2004, 73 banded chicks fledged contributing to four intrapopulation moves. Ninety groups were monitored in 2005. It is anticipated that two females will be translocated to St Joe Wetappo Creek RCW population and 8-10 pairs contributing to the first phase of RCW reintroduction to Tall Timbers Research Station.
    Additional Notes
    This amendment #2 incorporated the standard for managed stability foraging standards within the template Cooperative Safe Harbor Management Agreement (CSHMA). The revised CSHMA now reflects the new science as embodied within the 2003 RCW Recovery Plan. As of September 2009, the GADNR, in partnership with FWS and other entities, has successfully enrolled 38 landowners totalling 140,006 acres. A total of 107 baseline groups of RCWs are being protected/conserved and at least 34 above baseline groups are being managed under the landonwer agreements. The first Incidental Take permit was approved under the HCP in 2005, with one RCW male translocated to Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center (Ichuaway), Georgia's designated mitigation site for RCWs. The third PSGP grant awarded in 2005 will allow the program to sign up more landowners for Safe Harbor, contributing to habitat cohesiveness, and to support the planned reintroduction of RCWs to Tall Timbers Research Station.
    Plan/Agreement Documents
    Final Documents
    The SHA
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    Federal Register Documents
    No info

    Report generated on: February 10, 2016
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