Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.39
Liaison Connie Morales
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Claremont McKenna College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kristin Miller
Admin
Roberts Environmental Center
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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, and/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 Roberts Environmental Center of CMC owns the Burger Sierra Research Station which is a 160-acre reserve in the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area and in on property designated as an official conservation easement. The Mono Basin is a unique ecosystem in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California and includes mountain, desert, and riparian habitats. Specifically, it is in the Inyo National Forest, and is surrounded by protected lands, including Yosemite National Park and the Harvey Monroe Hall Research Area. The reserve houses faculty engaged in summer internships, thesis projects, and field research activities.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

A record of all unique species of plants, birds, reptiles, and mammals is maintained by Dale Burger, owner of the reserve land. Yearly bird walks led by local experts are conducted and new species observations are added to the list. In addition, students from the Claremont Colleges have conducted surveys to document invertebrate fauna and to document cavity-nesting birds on the property as part of the their senior thesis work.


A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:

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

The property is designated as an official conservation easement thus protecting it from development. In addition, students are welcome to conduct thesis work on the property that can positively affect identified species and habitats.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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