Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.61
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2011
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California State University, Channel Islands
Tier2-2: Wildlife Habitat

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 John H. Gormley
Director, Planning Design and Construction
Operations, Planning, and Construction
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Does the institution have programs in place to protect and/or create wildlife habitat on institution-owned land?:

A brief description of the wildlife habitat program, policy, or practice:

California State University Channel Islands (CI) is a great place to see and study wildlife. The campus encompasses almost 1200 acres. Of that land, well over 75% will permanently remain essentially undeveloped due to its steep terrain, frequent flooding, or deed restrictions on its use. These areas include wetlands, riparian habit, and the semi arid hillsides. It is home to countless bird species, some of them listed as threatened or endangered.
Even within the developed lands, the University has several areas which have been or soon will be restored to native plantings. These areas include Long Grade Canyon Creek within University Glen and the meadow east of University Drive. Upon completion of the entrance road, an additional 5 acres within the lower portions of the creek will be restored as a native riparian habitat to support nesting of birds, including the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo. Further to the west near Old Lewis Road, a basin will be formed by a new flood control levee, which will allow for an extension of the wetland and pond habitat in the area. This area is already heavily populated by waterfowl and red wing blackbirds.
The University also includes the former Regional Park near the crossing of University Drive over Calleguas Creek. The deed to the University prohibits development of the park for anything but passive recreation and environmental education. It contains wetlands, rocky hillsides, grasslands, coastal sage scrub, and even a small pond. Large portions of the park are in a natural state, while others are ripe for habitat restoration. Most noticeable features of the land are a wide variety of raptor birds and impressive views of the surrounding mountains, the Oxnard Plain, and the ocean. The university is planning to use the land as an outdoor natural area for the enjoyment and study of native habitats. An extensive list of plants and animals observed within the park can be found in appendix A of the 2009 Supplemental Impact Report on the University’s Operations, Planning, and Construction website.

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