Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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?:
No

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

Students in Dickinson's Ecology and Natural History of Vertebrates courses have assessed and regularly monitor species and habitats on the Dickinson College Farm, including a system of "Hub Ponds" designed and managed to provide habitat for beneficial native insects and American Toads. Dickinson's Alliance for Aquatic Resources Management (ALLARM) monitors sensitive riparian habitat on the Yellow Breeches Creek adjacent to the Dickinson Farm.


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

Identified species include a variety of amphibians, reptiles, native pollinators and birds.

Identified environmentally sensitive areas include a riparian buffer along the Yellow Breeches Creek that is impacted by a local dairy farm.


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

The Dickinson College Farm is a certified organic farm that includes naturalized areas that provide habitat for wildlife, with an emphasis on native pollinators, and a system of "Hub Ponds" designed and managed to provide habitat for beneficial native insects and American Toads. Organic practices for pest management help protect species that are present on the farm, while soil conservation practices are employed to prevent erosion and limit runoff into the Yellow Breeches Creek, a high-quality trout stream that borders the farm. An agroforestry project, funded by a grant from the US Forest Service, has as a goal improvement of species diversity. A bluebird trail with bluebird boxes support a robust population of bluebirds on the farm.

The Dickinson College Farm and Dickinson's Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring collaborate with a neighboring dairy farm to protect a sensitive riparian buffer area along the Yellow Breeches. The area had been used by the dairy farm to water their cows, resulting in substantial nutrient pollution entering the creek and damage to the banks of the creek. With the agreement of the dairy farm, the area has been fenced off to keep cows out of the creek and away from the buffer zone. The Dickinson Farm and ALLARM planted native trees and shrubs in the buffer zone to stabilize the soils and banks and to filter runoff from the dairy farm.


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