|Submission Date||Dec. 14, 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.
The University's lands are home to state and federal wetlands.
The University utilizes qualified third-party consultants to to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas. Additionally, the University annually conducts review of endangered or vulnerable species, and their habitats, using USFWS' IPaC.
USFWS IPaC identified the following:
a) One potential federally listed species: Northern Long-eared Bat
b) Eighteen potential migratory birds: American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Black Tern, Black-billed Cuckoo, Black-crowned Night-heron, Canada Warbler, Common Tern, Golden-winged Warbler, Least Bittern, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Peregrine Falcon, Pied-billed Grebe , Red-headed Woodpecker , Short-eared Owl, Upland Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, and the Yellow Rail
c) Seven federally recognized wetlands including: freshwater emergent, freshwater forested/shrub, freshwater pond, and riverine
Over 60 of our 200 maintained acres are designated low-mow zones. Native grasses are encouraged and bluebird boxes provide nesting habitat. We have a storm water retention pond which provides wildlife habitat and we have 800 acres of woods and wetlands with trails, wildlife observation areas and a field station.
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.