Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.16
Liaison Matthew Liesch
Submission Date May 13, 2024

STARS v2.2

Central Michigan University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Gordon
Manager
Beaver Island
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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 Great Lakes Basin Coastal Wetland Habitats are internationally recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as areas of conservation importance. Further, many locations along the coastal regions of the Great Lakes Basin, are identified by the EPA as legally protected areas, as well as priority sites for biodiversity.


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:

Species which are endangered and vulnerable are identified throughout the attached report based on species type. Notable endangered species at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island include the Lake Huron Tansy, the Michigan Monkey Flower, and Pitchers Thistle.


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:

This study resulted in the identification of the following, along land owned and operated by Central Michigan University Beaver Island Biological station, as well as areas all over the Great Lakes Basin:  Comparative study of Bulrush growth between Great Lakes coastal wetlands and Pacific  Northwest estuaries. This study includes investigation of water level effects on bulrush  growth rates in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. With leveraged funding from NSF for the primary project on bulrush ability to withstand wave energy.   Please reference table 14 within the attached report for a list of avian species identified within this monitoring program to be wetland-obligate and/or habitat health indicators.


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

The Great Lakes Institute for Research, through Central Michigan University engages in the Great Lakes Coastal Monitoring Program. "This program involves monitoring of Great Lakes coastal wetland biota, habitat, and water quality to provide information on coastal wetland condition using fish, birds, calling amphibians, wetland vegetation, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and water quality." http://greatlakeswetlands.org/Home.vbhtml All further information presented are excerpts from : GLIC: Implementing Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Semiannual Progress Report  October 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016  Prepared for:  U.S. EPA GLNPO (G‐17J) 77 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604‐3590  Contract/WA/Grant No./Project Identifier:  GL‐00E00612‐0  Prepared by:  Dr. Donald G. Uzarski, Principal Investigator   CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research  CMU Biological Station  Department of Biology  Central Michigan University  Brooks 127  Mount Pleasant, MI 48859  Dr. Valerie J. Brady, QA Manager  Natural Resources Research Institute  University of Minnesota Duluth  5013 Miller Trunk Highway  Duluth, MN 55811‐1442  Dr. Matthew J. Cooper, QA Manager  Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation  Northland College  1411 Ellis Avenue   Ashland, WI 54891 Please reference attached report for specific methodology of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.


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

The scope of this experiment included land owned and operated by Central Michigan University Beaver Island Biological station, as well as areas all over the Great Lakes Basin.


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

Important results:    A high quality Lakeplain Lake Prairie complex, a rare plant community throughout the  Great Lakes region, was found during our plant survey of St. Johns marsh in an area that had been proposed for a dike enhancement project by the Michigan DNR (Figure 29).  The site contains abundant milkweed plants, which appear to include both common  milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and rare Sullivant’s milkweed (A. sullivantii, awaiting  confirmation), both of which were being used by monarch butterflies. The survey has  resulted in ongoing discussions concerning the proposed boundaries of the project.   CMU Fabiano Botanical Garden certified as Monarch Waystation and Pollinator Habitat These certifications and their posted signage help educate the campus community of the importance of habitat preservation. As certified by Monarch Watch: “This site provides milkweeds, nectar sources, and shelter needed to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America.” As certified by The Xerces Society for Invertibrate Conservation: “This area has been planted with pollinator-friendly flowers and is protected from pesticides to provide valuable habitat for bees and other pollinators.”


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:
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