Snags and decadent trees are essential for Red-headed Woodpeckers.


Save that Snag!

Dead trees are known as “snags.” Living trees with dead and dying limbs are called “decadent.” Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery encourages the use of the term “wildlife tree” to describe dead and decadent trees. These trees are essential to Red-headed Woodpeckers, and are valuable for other wildlife as well as for overall forest health.

Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery has produced a document highlighting the value of wildlife trees.

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The US Forest Service also has a good web site regarding wildlife tree preservation: Animal Inn: There’s life in dead trees.