… no, I’m not talking about Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.
I’m talking about Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. As told in today’s NY Times, this endangered species, which was once abundant in the vast longleaf pine forests that stretched from New Jersey to Florida, but now numbers as few as 15,000. Now, in a small NC town, the threat of reduced exploitation of property values has induced a rash of clear-cutting of prime habitat.
BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., Sept. 23 (AP) — 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.
This particular town should be ashamed of itself.