Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.84
Liaison Kalyna Procyk
Submission Date June 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Muhlenberg College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
0.00 / 2.00 Richard Niesenbaum
Professor, Biology, Director, Sustainability Studies Program
Biology
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

Muhlenberg College owns/manages two pieces of land that are considered to be regions of conservation importance, since they both contain wetlands. These are two areas known as the Raker and Graver sites.
The Conrad W. Raker Biological Field Station and Wildlife Sanctuary, a 40-acre wooded tract situated 15 miles north of the campus, in Germansville, PA, is used by biology classes for field study. A section of Jordan Creek within the preserve provides added opportunity for aquatic biology studies. Students and staff also conduct research on varied aspects of plant and animal biology.
The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum of Muhlenberg College, located in Bushkill Township, north of Bath, Pennsylvania, is used as an outdoor classroom by the biology and other science departments.
Muhlenberg College has conducted multiple assessments in these areas, but they are not official. One of them was for Graver, and came from a grant given by the Institute of museum and library services around a decade ago.
Though we have no formal plans in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas in Raker and/or Graver, this is something we can look into.


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?:
No

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
No

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:
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A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
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A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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