|Submission Date||Nov. 25, 2019|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
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?:
A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
The Ithaca College Natural Lands consists of approximately 600 acres with two legal conservation easements consisting of approximately 85 acres.
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?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
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:
An extensive biological assessment was conducted in 2000 and 2001, using the "Intermediate On-site Determination Method" as detailed in the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual (USACE 1987).
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Please see the attached link for additional details on the ICNL:
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
There is the IC Natural Lands, and a wetlands program on campus. Ithaca College owns nearly 600 acres of natural lands. Much of this forms the South Hill Natural Area adjacent to the college campus in Ithaca, New York. In addition, in neighboring Newfield, Ithaca College owns and maintains the Bob Robinson Family Preserve and the Ithaca College Natural Resource Reserve.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.