|Submission Date||May 15, 2017|
University of Miami
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, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
Environmental Health and Safety
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 the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
The Richmond Campus consists of 78 acres with several buildings, two 11.3 m antennas, and a 20 m antenna.
The Campus is surrounded by Pine Rocklands. Pine Rocklands grow on the coastal Miami Rock Ridge, a limestone rock outcropping that extends south and west from North Miami Beach to Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park. Over 225 types of native plants occur here and more than 20% of the plant species are found here and nowhere else in the world. Five of these plant species are federally listed as threatened or endangered.
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?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
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:
Pine Rockland Natural Forest community: Walking transects through habitat have been performed since 2001. Currently, site inspections are performed quarterly in conjunction with habitat maintenance operations (see below) on 76 acres of habitat.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Habitat: Pine Rockland Natural Forest
Flatland with exposed limestone substrate; mesic-xeric; southern
peninsula and Keys; frequent to occasional fire (3-7 years); open pine canopy with mixed shrubs and herbs in under story; South Florida slash pine, palms, mixed tropical and temperate shrubs, grasses, and herbs.
Deltoid Spurge (Chamaesyce deltoidea)
Tiny Polygala (Polygala smallii)
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
Monthly maintenance visits to perform cutting and spraying of exotic species including Burma reed, Brazilian pepper, bischopwood, earleaf acacia, umbrella tree, Australian pine, lead tree, and mother-in-law tongue. As-needed prescribed burning to control fuel load. Previous controlled burns were conducted in 2004 and 2009.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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