Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida State University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Dave MacManus
Assistant Director
Grounds & Landscape Operations
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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:

FSU maintains property at Alligator Point and the FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory that are within the Apalachicola National Forest. Apalachicola National Forest is Florida's largest National Forest, spanning 571,088 acres. It is a place of botanical splendor, with virgin stands of pines and cypress, vast pitcher plant savannas, and extensive forests of longleaf pine crucial for survival of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The Apalachicola National Forest includes six watersheds and more than 2,500 acres of water, encompassing the Apalachicola River, New River, Ochlocknee, Sopchoppy, Lost Creek, and Wakulla River basins. A steady flow of fresh water from upland areas feeds the productive coastal nurseries of Apalachicola Bay and Ochlocknee Bay, both known for their shellfish and commercial seafood operations.


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:

Policy 1C-5 of the Campus Master Plan states that a census of the wildlife and plants that would be affected by future planning phases or improvements on campus must be performed and protection plans must be made for any that are found. Policy 1C-6 gives guidelines to follow if endangered species are found (as reported in the FFWCC Methodology Guidelines).
For properties not covered by our Master Plan, the University has prepared a State Lands Management Plan which includes the identification and assessment of endangered/vulnerable species and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), housed within the Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center at FSU, disseminates guides to identify and track Florida’s rarest species. FNAI maintains a database of all conservation lands and vulnerable species to which FSU contributes and utilizes as a best practices resource.
http://fnai.org/index.cfm


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

Can be found in the adopted Campus Master Plan and the current State Lands Management Plans.


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

Can be found in the adopted Campus Master Plan and the current State Lands Management Plans.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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