The City is home to several ecologically important species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW). The RCW is a species that primarily inhabits longleaf pine forests, which comprise much of the landscape within the City. The RCW is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which is implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
A permit is required for the removal of ANY tree that is 8" DBH (diameter at breast height) or larger; however, the removal of any PINE trees that are 8" DBH or larger also requires authorization from USFWS, if they are located in an RCW sensitive area. These areas are categorized as "red" and "blue." "Red" zones are those parcels that lie within a cluster, which are areas with active cavity trees, plus a 200 foot buffer. "Blue" zones are the foraging areas outside of the clusters, where the birds search for food and defend their territory.
Search the list below to check if a particular parcel is located within a "red" or "blue" RCW zone. These categories may get updated by USFWS when new species data and locations become available through surveys, and field visits, so check back regularly when planning a project.
U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE
FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
RALEIGH ECOLOGICAL SERVICES FIELD OFFICE
POST OFFICE BOX 33726
RALEIGH, NC 27636-3726
(919) 856-4520 EXT. 28