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Red-shouldered hawk forest management guidelines

The red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a state-listed species of special concern. In 1992, "The Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Timber Harvesting and Forest Management in Minnesota" put special emphasis on the red-shouldered hawk because of projected population declines under all timber harvesting scenarios for the next 50 years. This decline is anticipated due to the loss of large contiguous stands of mature hardwoods throughout the state. Following the completion of surveys to assess distribution, management guidelines are being developed to help guide forest management activities. The goal is to prevent population declines of this species.