Last Updated
May 9, 2016

Threatened & Endangered Species

Photo of a Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Photo of a Louisiana Pine Snake
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Louisiana Pine Snake

The only known federal-listed species on Fort Polk is the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW), which is classified as endangered. The RCW prefers old (average age more than 80 years), red-heart infested longleaf pine for cavity construction and prefers pine stands 30 years of age or older for foraging; Fort Polk has an abundance of each. The RCW Endangered Species Management Plan contains information on the status of the RCW on Main Post and Peason Ridge.

The Louisiana pine snake is restricted to a small portion of extreme east-central Texas and west-central Louisiana. Historic range of the species included nine parishes in Louisiana and 14 counties in Texas. Since 1993, Louisiana pine snakes have been documented in four Louisiana parishes and six Texas counties. As a candidate species, the Louisiana pine snake receives no federal protection, nor does it receive state protection in Louisiana.

For more information, call 337-531-7078.