Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.32
Liaison Trish O'Connor
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Fleming College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Robert Monico
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Sustainability
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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:

Fleming's Sutherland Campus features a protected woodland area along Brealey Drive, known as the Dobbin Woods. This area including its woods, trails, and stream are designated as "Open Space" by City of Peterborough Official Plan, which prohibits the development of the land.

Fleming's Frost Campus exists in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario is recognized as, The Land Between - a significant ecoregion that has been identified as the prime area for biodiversity protection, as temperature increases in the southern areas.


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:

Industry recognized assessments for monitoring are applied as well as
Campus-wide biological inventory (bio blitz) that is conducted by a group of taxonomical experts from the community as well as environmental science students.

In 2018, Fleming established an arboretum at our Frost Campus, of representative tree species and species of special interest of the region and received a grant for developing a regional seed library (living seed library).


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

The institution has identified the presence of two bird species (Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark) both provincially threatened to nest in the open fields on Fleming College's Frost campus.

In the most recent biobiltz two species were spotlighted:
The common snapping turtle that has a special concern designation
The monarch butterfly that has a special concern designation


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

Fleming's Sutherland Campus features a protected woodland area along Brealey Drive. known as the Dobbin Woods. This area including its woods, trails, and stream are designated as "Open Space" by City of Peterborough Official Plan, which prohibits the development of the land.

In the summer of 2018, the OOS introduced a project called Birdhouse City located in the Dobbin Woods. 2 bat boxes were constructed and installed in the forest to promote the nesting of the endangered brown bat.

At Frost Campus, while there is no designated "Open Space" in the form of an official planning designation, most of the 168-acre campus is naturalized lands with a small trail system (in addition to a section of the Trans-Canada trail). The College has worked with the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to protect the Scugog River area of the campus (a small river that runs through the campus). Additionally, as an applied project, students have completed a comprehensive land inventory of the campus, including noting all-natural heritage features of flora and fauna. This information will form part of the campus master plan.


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