Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.23
Liaison Brian Webb
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Houghton College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Brian Webb
Sustainability Coordinator
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, 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 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?:
Yes

A brief description of areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution:

5 identified areas (see attached for full description)
1. Sphagnum bog, old farm pond, and associated wetland areas
2. Creek and surrounding woods
3. Forest habitats surrounding athletic fields
4. Old Orchard Meadow Clearing
5. Slipper Orchid Hillside


The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or areas of biodiversity importance and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

This report was written by one of our faculty members who is an expert in local amphibians. He has spent extensive time in the area surveyed over a period of many years and has consulted with other expert biologists on campus.


A brief description of the scope of the assessment(s):

The assessment focused on flora and fauna found in the Houghton College forest, which comprises approximately 500 of the college's 1,200 total acres.


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

We have used this report to inform our forest management practices.


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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