The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will take a closer look at the black-backed woodpecker.
That is giving conservation groups hope the bird can force changes in national wildfire policy the same way the northern spotted owl overhauled the idea of logging old growth forests.
Chad Hanson, staff ecologist of the John Muir Project of the Earth Island Institute, says thinning and post-fire salvage logging on national forests pose a threat to the habitat needs of the bird.
Fish and Wildlife is considering two populations of the woodpecker -- one in California and Oregon, and another in South Dakota and Wyoming.
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