|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 12, 2016|
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 or an equivalent resource or study.
Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator of Sustainability Studies Minor
Fine Arts & Sustainability Studies
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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:
The college woods is a managed stewardship forest. Although not immediately adjacent to any protected areas, it is itself a protected plot of land that houses a variety of plants, fungi, vertebrates, and invertebrates that would not exist in this area without the existence of the college woods.
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Although specific environmentally sensitive areas or /endangered threatened/vulnerable species have been identified or studied, the block of deciduous forest casually called the “college woods” represents a large contiguous block of what was once the mixed mesophytic forest on the Cumberland plateau just west of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Efforts have been made to conduct invasive species removal, identify overall plant communities, survey for a variety of both vertebrates an invertebrates, stream quality, as well as prepared and installed hibernacula for bats and structures to encourage pollinating bee species have all been done. Given the rarity of this habitat type across what once was a vast mixed mesophytic forest, we consider our overall efforts to be positively impactful.
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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