Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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Furman University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for 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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

Furman maintains a protected area home to the Bunched Arrowhead, scientific name sagittaria fasciculata, endangered plant. The protected area has a viewing deck for educational purposes.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Biology faculty, students, and classes regularly study campus species and conduct surveys of species observed on campus. They have compiled a website with species listings, and have published a field guide to the Furman habitat.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

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

The Furman campus consists of a mixture of forest, lawn, stream and lake, which produces a mosaic of habitats supporting a wide range of species. Campus is also home to numerous migrating and hibernating species which are seasonally characteristic of the South Carolina Piedmont region. Three hundred campus trees of 64 species have been identified and labelled for public viewing. More than 400 species of vertebrates have been named, as well as 30 species in the order Odonata and 44 Lepidoteran species.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

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

Through the Campus Trees committee, faculty, grounds staff, and students come together multiple times each year to discuss campus habitat management and associated educational outreach. Particular attention is paid to preserving and increasing native plant species and forested areas, including the protected areas home to the Bunched Arrowhead plant.

+ Date Revised: March 6, 2015

The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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