Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.12
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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Knox College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Deborah Steinberg
Director of Campus Sustainability Initiatives
Office of 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?:
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 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:

At Green Oaks Field Station, we do regular sampling for species diversity and abundance each year. The prairies are an endangered ecosystem and some of the species are rare although not classified as endangered or vulnerable. Some of the prairie plant species sampled include, spring wildflowers (Allison), tree species in selected areas of Green Oaks (Allison) and the bird species (Prof. Mountjoy). Other groups are surveyed on an occasional basis by faculty and students.

While we do not go out and specifically monitor Green Oaks in an attempt to identify endangered and vulnerable species, we do have regular monitoring programs for several taxonomic groups that allow us to identify those species if they are present at Green Oaks.


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

We know that we have 4 toed salamanders (a state listed species) living and reproducing at Green Oaks. We have not encountered any "listed" plants but we do have many plants that are considered indicators of high quality habitat - species that we would expect to find only in fairly intact and undisturbed habitat. Prof. Mountjoy has identified bird species that are rare. Henslow's sparrow has been observed breeding at Green Oaks.


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

Knox College's Green Oaks Biological Field Station, located near the Spoon River in eastern Knox County, is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of the Knox campus. Green Oaks is both a research and recreation area. It encompasses 700 acres (283 hectares) of forest, grassland and aquatic habitat and is the second site in the nation where a tallgrass prairie was restored. The site is protected by regular prairie burns, limiting access and regulating hunting, fishing, and harvesting of organisms at Green Oaks.


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