Forecasting Recovery Opportunities for an Endangered Woodpecker
Authors: Amanda Dube
Recovery for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, a species dependent on mature pine trees, will soon be maximized on public lands. A tree age model was created from various spatial datasets to predict where and when existing pine stands on private lands could contribute to recovery. Few opportunities currently exist, but increase in quantity and spatial distribution over time. This analysis demonstrates the utility of LiDAR as both a spatial and temporal predictor of habitat suitability.