Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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 two main forests are:
1. Mt. Toby Demonstration Forest: It was acquired in 1916 and consists of 755 acres.
2. Cadwell Memorial Forest: It was acquired in 1952 and consists of 1171 acres.

These two forests are listed under Article 97 Legislation of Massachusetts, which requires that the land is for open space, conservation, and environmental education and environmental research and other related natural resource purposes consistent with Article 97. This also means that the land of these two forests cannot be used for any other purposes, unless Massachusetts legislation changes the use of the land.


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:

Campus planning has done a full assessment of the natural systems on the campus.

Wildlife assessments are conducted by students in the Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) 564 Wildlife Habitat Management course taught by professor Paige Warren. Their semester-long projects aim to develop comprehensive habitat management plans for wildlife on campus. They are provided guidance on how to make their plans compatible with other campus wide initiatives such as the Campus Master Plan and the Campus Sustainability programs.


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

Prexy's Ridge Forest: Prexy‘s Ridge Forest is an old growth forest on the westward steep slope southeast of the intersection of Eastman Lane and North Pleasant Street. Part of the Waugh Arboretum, the Forest is a unique educational, research, and recreational asset for the campus and should be preserved.


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

Every time we go to build a new building, the process always includes the consideration for the preservation of wildlife habitats. Preservation of wildlife habitat is rooted deep in the culture of planning at UMass Amherst. The UMass Amherst Extension Citizen Planner Training Collaborative program offers resources for developing bi-laws in local governments for wildlife habitat protection (see link below).


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