Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Jennifer deHart
Submission Date March 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Unity College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
Sustainability
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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 the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

The Prairie Road wetland research property is adjacent to the Sandy Stream division of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The USFWS manages the fields on the NWR for waterfowl feed. (source: woodlot management plan by TwoTrees Forestry, 2007)


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:

The institution refers to the Beginning With Habitat inventories conducted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. The most recent map of "High Value Plant & Animal Habitats" is January 2016. Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW, www.maine.gov/ifw) maps areas currently or historically providing habitat essential to the conservation of endangered or threatened species including roseate terns, piping plovers, and least terns as directed by the Maine Endangered Species Act. These regulated areas may require special management. Identification of Essential Habitat areas is based on species observations (occupancy). For more information about Essential Wildlife Habitats, go to www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/species/endangered_species/ essential_habitat/introduction.htm. These habitat layers also may be downloaded from the Maine Office of GIS Data Catalog at http://apollo.ogis.state.me.us/catalog.


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

The Prarie Road wetland area contains known rare, threatened, or endangered species occurrence and/or the associated
habitats based on species sightings, as well as Rare Plant communities, and Inland Waterfowl / Wading Bird habitat. Species identified include Water Stargrass (Species of Special Concern); Yellow Lampmussel (Threatened Species); and Silver Maple Floodplain Forest (Natural Community).
The McKay Farm property contains Creeper (Species of Special Concern).


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

Blight resistant American Chestnut back crosses have been planted on campus through a partnership a professor has established with the American Chestnut Foundation. Various spots on campus have been identified where trees have been planted or should be planted in the future. They are protected to ensure their survival from predation while they are first establishing themselves.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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