|Submission Date||April 22, 2015|
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Facilities Planning and Management
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 any legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance on institution owned or managed land:
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LAWCON) was enacted by Congress in 1964 "to strengthen the health and vitality of the citizens of the United States" through planning, acquisition, and development of land and water outdoor recreation facilities. A trust fund was created to collect receipts from several sources (chiefly from outer continental shelf oil leases) from which Congress would annually appropriate funds to be distributed among the states and territories.
The UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve was originally purchased in part through funds provided by the LAWCON initiative. The Friar's Woods area, which is approximately 40 acres, was purchased using LAWCON funds in 1970. Other areas of campus have subsequently been purchased using these funds as well. Part of this area was also purchased to potentially house residence halls in the future, anticipating significant enrollment growth that has not fully materialized.
This formerly disturbed farmland started its transformation back to a habitat found native to Wisconsin prior to European settlement, thanks to the efforts of several faculty and staff members. This restoration effort has continued today and now several acres of land have been restored with native prairie species, and with active management of the area through controlled burns and seed collection, we hope to restore the entire area to native prairie species in the future.
The area is 110 acres, with about half of it as prairie or disturbed former farmland and half is wooded or contains heavy brush cover. Restoration efforts continue to this day, and the area retains some of its legal protections bestowed by the LAWCON purchase. However, more stringent protections are needed to ensure this land will not be subject to extensive development decades into the future.
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable 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 methodology(-ies) used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
The website URL where information about the institution’s biodiversity policies and programs(s) is available:
Area of opportunity to provide additional protections to the Nature Preserve and conduct more detailed analysis of the area's importance to biodiversity.
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