Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Elenore Breslow
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 John Dick
Manager, Grounds Services
Facilities & Services
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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, 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:

Brock University’s main campus is in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve and is at the centre of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula on the Niagara Escarpment. The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve was designated in 1990 and represents the largest contiguous stretch of primarily forested land in south-central Ontario.

Biosphere Reserves are coined as ‘learning places for sustainable development’ and the presence of the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Bruce Trail and Lake Moodie present an excellent opportunity to promote the stewardship of these ecological resources. The entire Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve is home to more than 300 bird species, 55 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish and 100 varieties of special interest flora. The University and surrounding community have a strong interest in protecting and restoring this natural environment.


Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:

The Niagara Escarpment lands are part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, which includes Brock University’s main campus.


The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

An analysis was conducted to determine the significant natural features and functions and identify potential impacts. This included addressing potential site constraints and recommended mitigation required to preserve the ecological integrity of the woodland areas located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment. The study included field assessment days where amphibian monitoring, bird surveys and vegetative surveys were conducted.


A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):

A study was conducted to evaluate the natural heritage and ecological features of the Brock University Lockhart Lands that are located south of Lockhart Drive, west of Glenridge Avenue in the City of St. Catharines.


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

There are several environmental policies in place which include provincial policy, regional policy, municipal policy, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.


Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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