Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 8, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Arkansas
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Eric Boles
Director
Office for 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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a viable and sustainable entity within the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. We further the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service through our own mission:

Garvan Woodland Gardens preserves and enhances a unique part of the Ouachita Mountain environment; provides people with a place of learning, research, cultural enrichment, and serenity; develops and sustains gardens, landscapes, and structures of exceptional aesthetics, design, and construction; and partners with and serves the communities of which the Gardens is a part.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

This study surveyed the tree population of roughly half the campus, and calculated the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered and stored and the above ground biomass, using the CFUR Tree Carbon Calculator (CTCC) program developed by Center for Urban Forest Research.
In 2015, a comprehensive tree inventory was completed for the entire campus.


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

The entire tree survey can be found at: https://planning.uark.edu/campus_landscape/arboretum.html


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

In October 2012, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center in cooperation with the University of Arkansas and the City of Fayetteville undertook the restoration of the Mullins Creek. An urban stream restoration plan was designed and implemented to reduce streambank erosion and to demonstrate green infrastructure techniques at a highly visible site: a 1000 foot section of Mullins Branch located on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Erosion of the streambanks contributes sediment and nutrients to the waterway, potentially increasing the water treatment costs for human consumption. Mullins Creek flows to Town Branch which is a major tributary to the West Fork White River (WFWR). The WFWR eventually flows to the White River, which forms Beaver Lake, the primary drinking water source for over 400,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.

http://newswire.uark.edu/articles/20403/mullins-creek-restoration-tour-on-march-13


The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
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