Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Darcy Coughlan
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Coastal Carolina University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy Monday
Director of Sustain Coastal
Sustain Coastal
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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 Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve (ATBCR), including a portion of Waties Island, is located on the northeast coast of South Carolina, just above Cherry Grove beach. Students and faculty at Coastal Carolina University regularly use a portion of the Reserve owned by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a private, non-profit support component of CCU. Classes, laboratories and independent research projects are conducted on the property by both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. In addition, field workshops for precollege classes (K-12) and adult groups are led by a marine science educator. The Reserve is an outstanding example of an undeveloped complex of ocean frontage, fresh and saltwater marshes, tidal creeks, and upland woods. Surrounded by a rapidly urbanizing environment, it is becoming increasingly significant for research, monitoring and education about the natural coastal habitat. Property Donation It was the wish of Anne Tilghman Boyce that the property she left to the Coastal Educational Foundation be maintained "in essentially a wilderness state". Per her wish, in 1995, a total of 1,105 acres on Waties Island and the adjoining uplands of Little River Neck were deeded to the Coastal Educational Foundation which became the Anne Tilghman Boyce Coastal Reserve. The gift has been protected with a perpetual conservation easement through The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina.

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:
1. Critically endangered a. None 2. Endangered https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/south-carolina-species-list-by-county.pdf a. Red-cockaded woodpecker. b. Atlantic sturgeon, c. Short nose Sturgeon, d. Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, 3. Vulnerable https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/south-carolina-species-list-by-county.pdf a. Sea-beach Amaranth b. West Indian Manatee c. Red Knot d. Piping Plover e. American Wood stork 4. Near threatened https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/fact-sheet/south-carolina-esfo-at-risk-species.pdf a. Golden wing warbler b. Saltmarsh sparrow c. Carolina pygmy Sunfish d. Southern Hognose Snake e. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake 5. Least concern a. None

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:
Habitats and environmentally sensitive areas include wetlands. A report created in 2009 through the county, in association with the Waccamaw Watershed Academy, lists identified species in Horry County: http://www.horrycounty.org/portals/0/docs/planningandzoning/parksopenspaceplan.pdf Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species Inventory of Horry County AGALINIS APHYLLA COASTAL PLAIN FALSEFOXGLOVE SC AGALINIS MARITIMA SALT-MARSH FALSEFOXGLOVE SC AMARANTHUS PUMILUS SEABEACH AMARANTH FT/ST ANDROPOGON MOHRII BROOMSEDGE SC ANTHAENANTIA RUFA PURPLE SILKYSCALE SC ASCLEPIAS PEDICELLATA SAVANNAH MILKWEED RC BALDUINA UNIFLORA ONE-FLOWER BALDUINA SC CALAMOVILFA BREVIPILIS PINE-BARRENS REED-GRASS NC Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan 65 CALOPOGON BARBATUS BEARDED GRASS-PINK SC CARETTA CARETTA LOGGERHEAD FT/ST CAROLINA BAY SC CHAMAEDAPHNE CALYCULATA LEATHERLEAF SC CLEMMYS GUTTATA SPOTTED TURTLE ST COLONIAL WATERBIRD SC COREOPSIS GLADIATA SOUTHEASTERN TICKSEED SC COREOPSIS INTEGRIFOLIA CILIATE-LEAF TICKSEED SC COREOPSIS ROSEA ROSE COREOPSIS RC CORYNORHINUS RAFINESQUII RAFINESQUE'S BIG-EARED BAT SE CROTONOPSIS LINEARIS NARROWLEAF RUSHFOIL SC DIONAEA MUSCIPULA VENUS' FLY-TRAP RC ECHINODORUS PARVULUS DWARF BURHEAD SC EUPATORIUM RECURVANS COASTAL-PLAIN THOROUGHWORT SC FIMBRISTYLIS PERPUSILLA HARPER'S FIMBRY NC FUNDULUS DIAPHANUS BANDED KILLIFISH SC HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS BALD EAGLE FT/SE HELENIUM BREVIFOLIUM SHORTLEAF SNEEZEWEED RC HELIANTHEMUM GEORGIANUM GEORGIA FROSTWEED SC HELIANTHUS SCHWEINITZII SCHWEINITZ'S SUNFLOWER FE/SE HETERODON SIMUS SOUTHERN HOGNOSE SNAKE SC ILEX AMELANCHIER SARVIS HOLLY SC LACHNOCAULON BEYRICHIANUM SOUTHERN BOG-BUTTON SC LECHEA TORREYI PIEDMONT PINWEED SC LILAEOPSIS CAROLINENSIS CAROLINA LILAEOPSIS NC LIPOCARPHA MICRANTHA DWARF BULLRUSH SC LITSEA AESTIVALIS PONDSPICE SC LYGODIUM PALMATUM CLIMBING FERN SC MYCTERIA AMERICANA WOOD STORK FE/SE OXYPOLIS TERNATA PIEDMONT COWBANE SC PARNASSIA CAROLINIANA CAROLINA GRASS-OFPARNASSUS NC PELTANDRA SAGITTIFOLIA SPOON-FLOWER SC PHYSOSTEGIA LEPTOPHYLLA SLENDER-LEAVED DRAGONHEAD SC PICOIDES BOREALIS RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER FE/SE PITUOPHIS MELANOLEUCUS PINE OR GOPHER SNAKE SC PLANTAGO SPARSIFLORA PINELAND PLANTAIN SC PTEROGLOSSASPIS ECRISTATA CRESTLESS PLUME ORCHID SC PYXIDANTHERA BARBULATA VAR BARBULATA WELL'S PYXIE MOSS SC Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan 66 RHYNCHOSPORA OLIGANTHA FEW-FLOWERED BEAKEDRUSH SC RUELLIA PEDUNCULATA SSP PINETORUM STALKED WILD PETUNIA SC SABATIA BARTRAMII BARTRAM'S ROSE-GENTIAN SC SABATIA KENNEDYANA PLYMOUTH GENTIAN RC SARRACENIA RUBRA SWEET PITCHER-PLANT SC SCHWALBEA AMERICANA CHAFFSEED FE/SE SCLERIA BALDWINII BALDWIN NUTRUSH SC SOLIDAGO PULCHRA CAROLINA GOLDENROD SC SPOROBOLUS TERETIFOLIUS WIRE-LEAVED DROPSEED NC STERNA ANTILLARUM LEAST TERN ST STYLISMA PICKERINGII VAR PICKERINGII PICKERING'S MORNING-GLORY SC TOFIELDIA GLABRA WHITE FALSE-ASPHODEL SC URSUS AMERICANUS BLACK BEAR SC Source: S.C. Department of Natural Resources FE - Federal Endangered FT - Federal Threatened NC - Of Concern, National (unofficial - plants only) RC - Of Concern, Regional (unofficial - plants only) SE - State Endangered (official state list - animals only) ST - State Threatened (official state list - animals only) SC - Of Concern, State

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
Facilities Planning and Management contracts with an engineering firm for ongoing needs and assessment for building projects annually, including 2015. In 2004, Coastal Carolina University established the Waccamaw Watershed Academy (WWA) under the aegis of the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (BCCMWS) to meet local needs for expertise in the areas of watershed and wetland science and management. The mission of the academy is to deliver educational, research, and public outreach services to the university and the local region. Ongoing monitoring is done by Coastal Carolina University’s Campus Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program and is co-administered by Coastal Carolina University's Waccamaw Watershed Academy and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program of Winyah Rivers Foundation.

A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):
The assessment takes place with a Facilities Planning and Management contract with an engineering firm for ongoing needs and assessment

A brief description of the plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats, and/or ecosystems:
Plans and programs that are in place include continuous education and student research opportunities through classes offered through Coastal Carolina University and relevant initiatives/programs such as the Waccamaw Watershed Academy. Additionally, Waties Island is used as natural laboratory for extensive study in marine science and wetlands biology. https://www.coastal.edu/app/newsletter/archived_newsletter/22/684 https://youtu.be/a5O_XMtg5fs https://youtu.be/hO_z3MvkCdw Sea Turtle Monitoring at Waties: https://youtu.be/CKSm5f-KU9A

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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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