Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Miguel Martin
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, San Bernardino
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Miguel Martin
Energy and Sustainability 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?:
Yes

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

The CSU San Bernardino campus is adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest, a public conservation area with over 150,000 acres of wildlands, 71 legally threatened, endangered and sensitive animal and 85 plant species.


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?:
Yes

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

the survival of key listed species such as endangered
Southern California steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii), and threatened arroyo toad (Bufo californicus). Monitoring the physical, chemical and biological parameters of streams on the LPNF informs the management and protection of these vulnerable communities and natural resources.


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:

Species include San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, California Gnatcatcher, Parry's Spineflower, and the San Diego Horned Lizard.


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

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the U. S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared for the Campus Master Plan and subsequent special studies to comply with mitigation measures. Biologists performed trapping and survey methods for verification of the presence of the San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat, as well as nesting and migratory bird monitoring.


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

the work was performed in the field and conducted as follows: The teams began work at the bottom of each stream reach and sampled upstream to avoid
disturbing the biota and substrata and continued to the top of the reach. Pin flags were placed every 10 m and water depth, sediment depth, wetted width, canopy cover, substrate
classification, current speed, and presence/absence of trout collected recorded every 10 m over the 100 m reach. Photo-documentation, GPS coordinates (i.e, latitude and longitude), and multimeter readings (i.e., dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, conductivity and specific conductance) were taken at 0 m and 100 m. Other readings included slope, habitat observations, and pool-riffle
ratios.


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

Restrictive signage has been posted in sensitive areas.


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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