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Bowdoin Sponsors Science Symposium

Story posted October 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The public is invited to the opening of
the Bowdoin Pines Trail on Thursday, October 16, at 3 p.m.

The trail, a half-mile loop through the Bowdoin Pines on Federal
Street, was created through a volunteer effort of Bowdoin faculty,
staff and students. The trail will be open to the public for picnicking,
walking, jogging, cross-country skiing and bird-watching.

The trail is accessible between 79 and 83 Federal Street or from
the parking lot on Bath Road behind 85 Federal Street.

The opening ceremonies will include remarks by Bowdoin President
Robert H. Edwards, biology professor Nathaniel T. Wheelwright,
student Sunshine Franzene and environmentalist Norman Myers. Refreshments
will be served.

Myers is an independent consultant in environment and development
who has worked recently for or advised the World Bank, the United
Nations and the U.S.. He was the winner of the 1992 Volvo Environment.

Myers will give a free lecture that evening at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge
Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, titled "Population, Environment,
Consumption and Development."

The 33-acre Bowdoin Pines site is adjacent to the Bowdoin College
campus. Many of the white pines on the site are more than 125
years old. The land was part of a 200-acre gift to the College
from the town of Brunswick in 1791. In 1979 the state of Maine
listed the Bowdoin Pines in the Register of Critical Areas.

Last year, the College's Land Stewardship Committee began studying
ways to integrate the pines into the campus, the curriculum and
the community. Volunteers throughout the summer and fall designed
the trail, cleared brush, and built paths and bridges. Students
in the Upward Bound program on campus this summer assisted in
the project.

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