Students Dream Up New Uses for Old Navy Base

Andrew Blunt and Katie Morse-Gagne

For Katie Morse-Gagne ’19 and Andrew Blunt ’19, the 260 acres of sandplain grassland, vernal pools and stream systems, oak-pine forest and pitch pine heath barren on the former Navy base represent a bounty of possibilities for Bowdoin and the town.

Since last fall, when they were in Assistant Professor of Biology Vlad Douhovnikoff’s Forest Ecology class, the two sophomores have been engaged in all aspects of drafting a land management plan for several acres of undeveloped property that was once part of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The federal government has conveyed portions of the unimproved property to the College and other portions to Brunswick in a process that has been ongoing since the base was decommissioned in 2007 and the Navy moved out in 2010. Read the story in Bowdoin News.

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