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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
Yes

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

All the campus grounds lie within the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, which actively seeks to protect the water quality of water entering the lake, the drinking water source for thousands of people in the Finger Lakes.

A portion of the campus is listed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Natural Heritage Program as a zone where Rare and Endangered Plants and Animals may be found.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

We utilized the New York DEC's Nature Explorer mapping system, searching on the Town of Ledyard and zeroing in on the map area that comprises the Wells College campus. http://www.dec.ny.gov/natureexplorer/app/location/town/results.12
This DEC Nature Explorer mapping is updated with reports and sightings.

In addition, various Biology classes, including Ecology and Evolution, Biology of Organisms, and Plant Diversity and Evolution, have all included class projects or lab assignments to map and evaluate the plant populations in sections of the undeveloped areas on campus. That work is expected to continue, as Advanced Ecology: Forest Ecology labs will feature population inventories of GPS-located grid mapped sections.

This spring, Vertebrate Zoology is undertaking a mammalian inventory of campus natural lands areas.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Birds: Red-headed Woodpecker, last confirmed 2011, status: Special Concern
Animal Assemblages: Winter Waterfowl Concentration Area, recently confirmed
Flowering Plants:
Bear's-foot (Smallanthus uvedalius) Extirpated 1991 Endangered
Cooper's Milkvetch (Astragalus neglectus) Recently Confirmed 1995 Endangered
Twin-leaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) Recently Confirmed 1997 Threatened
Woodland Agrimony (Agrimonia rostellata) Recently Confirmed 1992 Threatened
Yellow Giant-hyssop (Agastache nepetoides) Recently Confirmed 1992 Threatened .


A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

Nearly all of the species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas are located in undeveloped areas of the campus along natural waterways and gorges, which which campus has no plans to develop because of their topography and/or their function as valuable riparian buffers within the watershed.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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