|Submission Date||June 7, 2017|
College of Lake County
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
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?:
A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
The College of Lake County owns 229 acres of land on its 3 campuses, including 59.3 acres of natural areas. 32.7 acres of wetland, 13.8 acres of pond/lake are protected by deed restriction regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect stormwater runoff against potential flooding.
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?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
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:
The Lakes Unit of the Lake County Department of Health conducted a study of Willow Lake in 2003, evaluating water quality and biodiversity of aquatic, shoreline and wildlife species. https://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5889
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Northern Illinois prairie, riperian, and wetland areas are valuable resources of biodiversity. With suburban development these remaining and restored habitats become especially important to hosting fauna. The Lake County Health Department report identifies both plant and and animal species from monthly visits to the site.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
CLC is preparing its Landscape Management Plan, which includes an inventory of its prairie, woodland, wetland and riparian areas. This Plan makes recommendations for their ongoing maintenance, including removal of invasive species, prescribed burns, and planting of native species.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission: