NEW ORLEANS, LA --Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Rice University's timber company has enrolled 49,700 acres of land in a safe harbor program for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. It says Rice-Land Lumber Co. agreed to manage 219 acres in Beauregard Parish as nesting and foraging habitat for one family group of woodpeckers, which live in open pine forests greater than 60 years old. The agency says it now has 15 landowners and 481,300 acres in the safe harbor program, with land managed for 101 family groups of woodpeckers and two larger groups. Rice will celebrate its centennial next year. It owns timberland in Allen, Beauregard, Evangeline and Rapides parishes; 50,000 acres in Beauregard Parish made up much of the bequest which created the university.
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