Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Antioch College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nikos Boutis
Director
Glen Helen Ecology Instituter
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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:

Glen Helen, Antioch College's nature preserve, is 973 acres. It is legally protected by a conservation easement through the Clean Ohio Conservation Program and by an environmental covenant through the Ohio EPA. Further, 250 acres of Glen Helen are registered with the US Department of Interior as a National Natural Landmark. It is adjacent to John Bryan State Park, a 752 acre park, located upstream from Glen Helen on the Little Miami River. Adjacent to the State Park is 268 Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. The Little Miami River is a State and National Scenic River in the Ohio River Watershed. 2.5 miles of the river flow through Glen Helen.


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:

The institution conducts annual surveys of birds in Glen Helen and has documentation of endangered/threatened species on the site from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Glen Helen land management team assesses the ecologial health of the preserve on an ongoing basis and updates the management plan accordingly.


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

Ohio Heritage Inventory has identified the following endangered species within Glen Helen:
Tongue-tied Minnow (Exoglossum laurae)
Wavy-rayed Lampmussel (Lampsilis fasciola)
Creek Heelsplitter (Lasmigona compressa)
The most ecologically significant areas of Glen Helen are the riparian zones of Birch Creek, Yellow Springs Creek, and the Little Miami River, along with the riparian woodlands that surround these waterways. Comparable intact habitats are rare in Ohio and the surrounding region.


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

Glen Helen has developed a management plan and maintains staff to fulfil the plan. Significant activities of the land management staff include ongoing monitoring, invasive species management, and trail maintenance. Glen Helen conducts bird surveys twice a year, including a migration count in May and a CBC in December/January.


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

Responses sourced from the Glen Helen management plan and reporting to conservation easement holders.

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