Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.38
Liaison Jennifer Martel
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of the Fraser Valley
OP-9: Landscape Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total campus area:
46.59 Hectares

Figures required to calculate the total area of managed grounds:
Area (double-counting is not allowed)
Area managed organically, without the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides 35.61 Hectares
Area managed in accordance with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that uses selected chemicals only when needed 0 Hectares
Area managed using conventional, chemical-based landscape management practices 0 Hectares
Total area of managed grounds 35.61 Hectares

A brief description of any land excluded from the area of managed grounds:

There is a total of 10.98 hectares that are not regularly managed or maintained on the two main UFV campuses. Areas that are not regularly managed or maintained on the two main campuses are described below.

Abbotsford campus:
- 2.06 hectares at the southwest corner of property (Woods and Wetland – natural area, hazard tree mitigation only, line trimming and lawn mowing at forest edge).

Chilliwack campus:
- 2.43 hectares west of the Agriculture Center (Dense woods – hazard tree mitigation only)
- 0.67 hectares east of the Agriculture Center (Undeveloped land now overflow parking for City of Chilliwack dog park – mowing and invasive species management only)
- 2.48 hectares of Agriculture Center (Agriculture Department manages this land)
- 3.34 hectares to the east side of property between Dieppe and Vedder Road (Undeveloped land – mowing and hazard tree mitigation only)

Percentage of grounds managed organically:

A brief description of the organic landscape management program:

UFV applies the same landscape maintenance practices to all areas of the campus, there are just different levels of maintenance depending upon the area. These landscape maintenance practices include:

Fertilizer Applications:
- Inorganic fertilizers are not used.
- Lawn Fertilizer: BioFert 8-2-3 (organic granular lawn fertilizer approved by ECOcert for organic agriculture).

Pest Control:
- UFV's Landscape Pest Management Program restricts the use of chemical pesticides to the treatment of landscape pests that threaten human health, campus infrastructure or ecosystems. Ex: Japanese knotweed. Domestic class sprays for wasps.
- it is an IPM-based program but some action items are currently unfulfilled due to lack of resources and staffing. For example UFV:
- does not have a monitoring program with specific monitoring methods for each pest.
- does not have set injury levels/action thresholds.
- generally only implements cultural/preventative controls.

Percentage of grounds managed in accordance with an IPM program:

A copy of the IPM plan or program:

A brief description of the IPM program:

A brief description of the institution's approach to plant stewardship:

To ensure the resiliency of landscapes at UFV, a wide range of plants should be selected to promote genetic diversity and prevent pest and disease outbreaks. Plants shall be selected based on their contribution to species diversity, lifespan diversity, size diversity, and structural diversity in the landscape. Plant selection shall be based on site considerations such as soil volumes and canopy space. Plants that are well adapted to our current climate should be chosen. Native plants, including plants that have cultural importance to our local indigenous community, should be included in selection considerations.

A brief description of the institution's approach to hydrology and water use:

A brief description of the institution's approach to landscape materials management and waste minimization:

- Mechanical removal of invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry and morning glory.
- Using woodchips from hazard tree removal for garden beds and tree circles.
- Leaf litter decomposition in gardens
- Mulching mowers leaving grass clippings to filter into lawns.
- Landscape waste taken to composting facility

A brief description of the institution's approach to energy-efficient landscape design:

A brief description of other sustainable landscape management practices employed by the institution:

UFV has transitioned to battery-powered equipment from gas-powered equipment. Current inventory includes:
- Toro Workman Electric Utility Vehicle
- Stihl Pole Hedge Trimmer
- Stihl Hedge Trimmer
- Stihl Chain Saw
- EGO Power head with attachments (line trimmer, edger, hedge trimmer)
- EGO Back Pack Blower

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable landscape management program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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