Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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North Carolina State University
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Ketchem
University Program Specialist
Waste Reduction and Recycling
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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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

Lake Raleigh Woods is protected from development. Lake Raleigh Woods Advisory Committee is currently undergoing a use agreement exercise to determine areas that need protection due to animal or plant habitat. http://outreach.cnr.ncsu.edu/lakeraleighwoods/resources.php

Hofmann Forest is a 79,000 acre Forest acquired for the purposes of conservation and forestry research. Hofmann is the largest university research and teaching forest in the world, making it incredibly unique. In addition to large, untouched pine stands, there is significant areas of pocosin wetlands, which provide habitat to red cockaded woodpeckers, black bears, bobcats, and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. A new long-term plan for Hofmann Forest released in March of 2015 ensures conservation for as much as 70,000 acres of the land, including an 18,000 conservation easement for the pocosin pine wetlands.
https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/03/new-hofmann-forest-plan/


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

Dr. Yu-Fai Leung and Dr. Gary Blank are utilizing students to assess Lake Raleigh Woods for biodiversity and protected flora and fauna species. They are making recommendations based on their findings for establishing a recreation and protection plan for Lake Raleigh Woods.

Details about Hofman Forest can be found here:
https://www.ncsu.edu/hofmann-facts/


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

See http://outreach.cnr.ncsu.edu/lakeraleighwoods/resources.php for past analysis. Additional analysis underway now.

Details about Hofman Forest can be found here:
https://www.ncsu.edu/hofmann-facts/


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

We are currently working to identify areas on campus as Certified Wildlife Habitat. We are working with Horticulture to plant Asclepias to attract and feed monarch butterfly populations. We are establishing programs to decrease pesticide/fertilizer use and find alternative environmentally preferable ways to address weed control and plant health.

As part of the Rocky Branch (urban stream) restoration project, native vegetation provides habitat, cover and food for wildlife. Plantings have increased the width of the forested buffer zone, creating a wildlife corridor and shading the creek.

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is an Audubon Certified course, with part of that certification being to increase wildlife habitat. The course has active wildlife corridors, as well as bird boxes and other wildlife habitat features.


The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:

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