|Submission Date||May 30, 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.
School of Environment and Geomatics
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:
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:
Porcupine Grass (Hesperostipa spartea): In 2010, a Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife student did an assessment of Porcupine Grass on Selkirk College grounds. His methodology was to survey for the species along transects, use a GPS to create polygons where the species was detected, measure species density, and create a map using GIS software. The most recent assessment was completed in 2011 by an Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) student to more accurately map plot locations.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Porcupine Grass (Hesperostipa spartea): A provincially blue-listed perennial grass that occurs in grassland/shrub habitats.
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Porcupine Grass (Hesperostipa spartea): Selkirk College's Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife students are carrying out an invasive plant mapping project on college grounds (commenced in the fall of 2015), according to provincial reporting guidelines. They will map a different vegetation zone each year, and develop treatment plans. One of the major threats to Porcupine Grass on campus is the encroachment of invasive plants; the RFW mapping and treatment project will work at mitigating this threat.
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.