Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cindy Schuppert
Director of Facilities Management and CPS
Facilities and Safety
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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:

We have some wetland areas at our cannery field property. The University also owns land on the Gales Creek outside of the Tillamook State Forest. It is the John W. Blodgett Arboretum and it is used as a tool for students to learn about forest and stream ecosystems.


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?:
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:

On specific areas we have had studies done by Clean Water Services, and participated in soil testing with Apical related to ecological management and the campus Oaks,


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

The University’s stand of Oregon white oaks harbor, perhaps, the northernmost breeding population of acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus), which relies on large stands of oaks to produce the acorns that the birds store by the thousands in granaries, essentially shallow holes in tree bark.


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

The Pacific University Master Landscape Master Plan (2010) includes a section on recommendations for the management of the Oak Grove into perpetuity.

"The Oak Grove is a Natural Resource Area for upland habitat and is governed as such under Article 5 of the City of Forest Grove Development Code". (p. V-17)

The section on wildlife specifies the importance of managing the Oak Grove as a wildlife habitat. "Oregon white oak trees are very important for wildlife. Oak woodlands provide food and habitat for many species including acorn woodpecker and Merriam's wild turkey. Both acorns and foliage provide high-quality food for these and many other animals." (p. V-19).


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