Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.75
Liaison Katharine Gross
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2022

STARS v2.2

Lehigh University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 1.00 Erin Kintzer
Director of Real Estate Services
Business Services
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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:

N/A


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?:
Yes

A list of endangered and vulnerable species with habitats on land owned or managed by the institution, by level of extinction risk:

Eared False-Foxglove (Agalinis auriculata): endangered according to the USDA within Pennsylvania
Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii): federally listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act


Has the institution conducted an assessment to identify areas of biodiversity importance on land owned or managed by the institution?:
No

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

N/A


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

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC), Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, brought to our attention the presence of the Eared False-Foxglove. They monitor the plant's presence by counting the number of species each year.


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

WPC monitors the Eared False-Foxgloves's presence by counting the number of species each year. The University allowed the WPC to explore additional nearby University property with similar soil features. The WPC identified another previously unknown population of the Eared False-Foxglove on University owned property.
Unrelated to the Eared False Foxglove, the University conducted a wetland delineation and Phase 1 Bog Turtle Habitat Survey on approximately 130 acres of University owned land. Wetlands were identified on this particular property as expected but no evidence of bog turtle life was identified.


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

This past year, the University put up a snow fence to protect the one population of Eared False-Foxglove. This action was recommended by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. This year we will add snow fencing to the newly identified plant population noted above (scheduled for Sept / Oct 2021 when plant is blooming)


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:

Biodiversity efforts were not impacted by COVID-19 and therefore are representative or a normal year.

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