Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.71
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Bowdoin College
OP-10: Biodiversity

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Mgmt
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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 the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:

Bowdoin owns approximately 130 acres of land that borders town-designated conservation land. The Town conservation land protects two unique natural communities; the natural sandplain grassland and the pitch-pine heath barren. The sandplain grassland is also considered habitat for two birds listed as endangered and protected under the Maine Endangered Species Act, the upland sandpiper and the grasshopper sparrow.


Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
No

Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Yes

The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:

TRC Consultants conducted vernal pool surveys on this 130 acres in 2008 and updated those surveys in 2014 on behalf of the College.


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

Vernal pools provide primary breeding habitat for wood frogs, spotted salamanders, blue-spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp.


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

Significant vernal pools are regulated in Maine under the Natural Resources Protection Act. Surveying and identifying these areas allows the College to plan development away from significant habitats.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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