|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
SOU’s Ashland Campus is settled in the foothills of the Siskiyou mountain range and our region is recognized as a global biodiversity hotspot. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature labeled it as an Area of Global Botanical Significance. Our campus is a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. There are currently eight large scale designated pollinator habitat areas on campus, four of which are displayed and signed as Xerces Society Pollinator Habitats. SOU’s Roca Creek area is designated as a pesticide free zone and used as an educationally, protected riparian site and is a “region of conservation importance”. There are over 20 mycologically inoculated logs on campus in sites identified for biodiversity and the SOU Farm: A Center For Sustainability, contains a designated wetland.
Professional visual assessment in connection with the use of a dichotomous key was used to identify the trees on campus. The environmentally sensitive wetland area on the Ashland campus was inspected by the Department of State Lands. SOU is committed to protecting critical wildlife and their habitat now and in the future. The SOU Tree Advisory Council oversees the protection of the trees on campus through the use of the SOU Campus Tree Care Plan.
The following species of tree have been positively identified on the SOU Ashland Campus by multiple International Society of Arborist (ISA) certified arborists. These trees are all listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as either Near Threatened, Vulnerable, or Endangered.
Cupressus bakeri - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/34047/0 Vulnerable
Metasequoia glyptostroboides - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/32317/0 Endangered
Sequoia sempervirens - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/34051/0 Endangered
Sequoiadendron giganteum - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/34023/0 Endangered
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana - http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/34004/0 Near Threatened
Every year the SOU Landscape Department prioritizes tree selections based on locally grown, environmentally sustainable, and critical species for tree replacements and new plantings. In 2014 the Landscape Department planted 18 trees from the vulnerable, near threatened, threatened, or endangered tree list. We also perform visual tree health assessments annually and dedicate funds to tree preservation.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.