On March 15, 2022, the Wilmington District US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Fish and Wildlife Service developed a Standard Local Operating Procedures for Endangered Species (SLOPES) Agreement for the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker for use in USACE Permits in North Carolina. The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) is currently listed as "endangered" but is proposed to be reclassified as "threatened" under the 4(d) rule. Loss of longleaf pine forest habitat has historically caused drastic declines in population numbers. The procedures outlined in this agreement apply to areas of the state where RCW is known to occur and is aimed to assist with Endangered Species Act compliance during activities that would require USACE authorization. Kim Browning from the US Army Corps of Engineers and Kathy Matthews from the US Fish and Wildlife were key developers of the SLOPES agreement and will give insight into how it was developed and provide guidance on its implementation.
The RCW SLOPES manual can be reviewed here: https://saw-reg.usace.army.mil/ESA/RCW_SLOPES_20220302.pdf
Kim Browning, USACE
Kathy Matthews, USFWS
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