|Submission Date||Feb. 4, 2015|
Saint John's University
Office of Sustainability
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 Saint John's Abbey Arboretum is adjacent to the university campus. The Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum is owned and managed by the monastery. The Abbey’s lands include over 2,500 acres of sustainably-managed prairie, forest, lakes, and wetland. For over 150 years, the Abbey Arboretum has provided renewable products for the Abbey and university. Wood from the Abbey Arboretum is certified through independent audits by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to demonstrate the sustainable harvest and management of the forest. The beautiful environment which surrounds the campus serves as the setting for outdoor activities and environmental education opportunities. Many members of the SJU community use the lands of the Arboretum.
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:
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Some trees are barked to create woodpecker habitat, and the 2740-acre Saint John's Arboretum is a game preserve. Most of the activity takes place in the arboretum. On the developed areas of the campus, certain types of flowering vines are planted to attract hummingbirds.
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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