Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-11: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Stifter
Director
Facilities Mgmt.
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

The Pigeon Lake Field State has been actively managed by the UW-River Falls campus for the past 40 years. It is located near Drummond, WI and is approximately 3 1/2 hours from the main campus. It was originally used as a Biology Field station. In more recent years it has been used by Summer Camps and Conferences in a wide variety of ways from research and classes to a retreat center.


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

In particular, the campus engaged in an extensive Stormwater Management study several years ago. Ayres and Associates conducted the study. The campus also submits an annual Stormwater Report which is submitted to the Department of Natural Resources.

In 2015 the campus also joined a Regional Consortium entitled Rain to Rivers. It is the first 4 year institution to join the consortium. Participation is expected to further improve our outreach and education efforts as well as increase our awareness of Best Practices.


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

Notable areas include:
- The campus Farms
- The South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River (a Class I trout stream) runs through campus
- The Pigeon Lake Field State

The campus resides within the St. Croix River Watershed, downstream of the The Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, a federally protected system of riverways. Campus is upstream of the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers.


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

UWRF has areas that are planted and maintained as native prairies.
Southfork Suites has an area conducive to Wildlife.


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

Additional responsible parties: Joe McIntosh

Pigeon Lake Field Station was closed in Summer '14

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