Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.84
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date May 26, 2022

STARS v2.2

California State University, Fullerton
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Hans Mickelson
Landscape Services Manager
Facilities Management
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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?:

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

The Fullerton Arboretum is a 26-acre botanical garden with a collection of plants from around the world, located on the northeast corner of the California State University, Fullerton campus. As of December 2020, the Fullerton Arboretum became a fully integrated department within the self-support division of Extension and International Programs at CSUF.

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent the Cleveland National Forest which contains Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, and California Gnatcatchers.

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?:

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:

The Fullerton Arboretum holds many rare and threatened plants in its collection. It also attracts many pollinators and native birds. Please see the current list of Fullerton Arboretum endangered species:

Echinacea tennesseensis
Quercus engelmannii
Slavia penstemonoides
Freylinia visseri
Cupressus guadalupensis
Cedrus libani
Podocarpus henkelii
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Juniperus cedrus
Pinus torreyana
Zea perennis
Ginkgo biloba
Sabal uresana
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Brahea armata
Berberis nevinii
Sequoia sempervirens
Jubaea chilensis
Juglans californica
Rhus coriaria
Diospyros villosa
Cycas seemannii
Delonix regia
Howea forsteriana
Encephalartos horridus
Dioon spinulosum
Ravenea rivularis
Stangeria eriopus
Encepalartos arenarius
Brunfelsia densifolia
Guihaia argyrata
Obetaia ficifolia
Hibiscus clayi
Zamia furfuracea
Aloe dichotoma
Passiflora jamesonii
Cassia angolensis
Dracaena draco
Ferocactus cylindraceus
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada
Castela emoryi
Grusonia parishii
Cylindropuntia munzii
Delonix floribunda
Didierea madagascarrensis
Aloe auzannae
Juglans regia ‘placentia’
Aloe pillansii
Echinocactus grusonii
Cephaolocereus senilis
Agave titanota
Euphorbia misera
Malva occidentalis
Rosa minutifolia
Ferocactus viridescens
Solanum vespertilio
Bergerocactus emoryi
Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. Aspleniifolius
Ceanothus megacarpus var. insularis
Triteleia clementina
Crossosoma californicum
Salvia brandegeei
Arctostaphylos catalinae
Berberis nevinii
Nolina interrata
Verbesina dissita

Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:

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

Around the CSUF main campus, Bluebird boxes were located. Future plans to install Bat Houses and more bird boxes for other varieties of birds. Bee boxes installed throughout campus.

The Fullerton Arboretum emulates natural habitats including: woodlands, ponds, chaparral, desert, meadow, orchard, and a farm. There's also a variety of cacti, flowers, and trees.

The four habitats at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary are Oak Woodland, Riparian, coastal sage scrub and chaparral.

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

The Fullerton Arboretum has staff that oversee the living collections and other biodiversity. More can be found in the clickable map https://fullertonarboretum.org/living-collections.aspx

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

Studies conducted at the Fullerton Arboretum and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary respectively.

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

The mission of Fullerton Arboretum is to support the academic mission of CSUF with a world class living and historical collection and to provide learning opportunities for every stage of life, extending our resources into the local community and around the globe to foster an appreciation for plant conservation, botanical research and horticulture.

The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary will continue to provide equitable access and inspire all to protect the natural world by serving as our community’s leader in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices and environmental education. The Nature Center provides quality education through hands-on experience with nature. The ENC offers numerous educational programs based on natural science and sustainability.

Estimated percentage of areas of biodiversity importance that are also protected areas :

Website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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