Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.30
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date March 19, 2013
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Virginia Tech
OP-T2-20: Wildlife Habitat

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Matthew Gart
Campus Landscape Architect
Office of University Planning
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Does the institution have programs in place to protect and/or create wildlife habitat on institution-owned land?:

A brief description of the wildlife habitat program, policy, or practice:

The Campus Design Principles prepared by Sasaki Associates (Revised August 2010) outlines the landscaping and design principles for Virginia Tech. The Landscaping section begins on page 15 of the document. The Landscaping section contains the following goal regarding wildlife habitat protection and creation: “Champion Natural Habitats: Enhance habitat diversity through open space preservation and the selection of native vegetation. Redevelop sites to regenerate natural habitats.”

To view the Campus Design Principles please visit: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/documents/oup/design_principles.pdf

The Design Principles also define a goal to reforest approximately 350 acres of land, 80 of which are currently turf grass. These areas will create new wildlife habitat and protect campus waterways. Several areas have been reforested since the Master Plan Update in 2006.

To view the 2006 Master Plan Update please visit:

To view a sample of the Birding and Wildlife Trail signage denoting the location of trails please see: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/documents/sustainability/unlinked/STARS/OP/BirdingAndWildlife2.jpg

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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