Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.04
Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Selkirk College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Laura Nessman
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Management
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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:
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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?:
Yes

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:

Selkirk's Ecosystems Management class conducts an annual invasive species survey on the Castlegar campus grounds, focusing on the riparian zone. Students use provincial methods for surveying and have identified species such as yellow flag iris in the early phase of invasion. These efforts and subsequent management by the grounds committee endorse biodiversity in sensitive areas.

The woodlot managed by Selkirk College is in compliance with British Columbia's legislation on migratory birds, endangered species, and wildlife habitat features.


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, 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 programs or initiatives is available:
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