Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.92
Liaison Tom Kovacs
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Michigan University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Thomas Kovacs
Professor
Geography and Geology
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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:

Eastern Michigan University manages Fish Lake Environmental Education Center, which includes 240 acres of woodland and wetland. Fish Lake is an area of conservation importance due to the presence of three threatened vascular plant species, Lycopus virginicus, Polemonium reptans, Potentilla canadensis; and one endangered vascular plant specie, Populus heterophylla. Further, the area has higher recorded rates of vascular plant biodiversity than the adjacent Lapeer State Game Area, as documented in a study conducted by Dr. Bunker and Dr. Hanes of the Eastern Michigan University Biology Department. (Attached).


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?:
No

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:
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Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:
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The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
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A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):
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A brief description of the plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats, and/or ecosystems:
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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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