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Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Nov. 22, 2011
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Bowdoin College
Tier2-1: Native Plants

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Complete Reporter Spencer Eusden
Sustainable Bowdoin Assistant
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Does the institution prioritize the use of native plant species in landscaping?:

A brief description of the native plant program, policy, or practice:

Native White Pines account for over 50% of the 1600 trees on campus, with Red Oak and Sugar Maples dominating the remaining species. The Pine remains the predominant and signature tree on campus, although throughout the College's history, large deciduous trees have been planted on the campus. The health of the trees is improved by increasing diversity of non-invasive species. Bowdoin's tree inventory requires planting of underrepresented and unrepresented native trees in order to avoid the introduction of monocultures. In site design, native shrubs species are planted to minimize the impacts of the development process, reduce water use, and to reduce alteration as well as ecological disturbance.
Site design strives to reconnect fragmented landscapes and establish contiguous networks with other natural systems both within the site and adjacent systems beyond its boundaries. Campus design standards attempt to avoid major alterations to sensitive topography, vegetation, and wildlife habitat.

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

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