This article by Dan Marois, titled "Wells Reserve Seizes Golden Opportunities to Become 100% Solar-Powered by 2015," appeared in the October 2, 2014, issue of the Tourist News and is reprinted here with permission.
Wells Reserve at Laudholm has set a goal like no other organization in Maine.
“We are well underway in securing solar power to run our operation,” said Paul Dest, director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Our goal is to become 100 percent self-sufficient on solar power.”
For those who know the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, it is no surprise that it would chart such ambitious goals. It has a rich history of development and progress.
Bright and beautiful at the seashore today. People were out. A few of them even talked to Vivien Leigh, reporting from Wells. We know at least a dozen folks took pics and imagine many more will send to the contest.
Email your best one or two before October 15 at 11:59 pm to:
Several of us scattered across estuaries stretching from Ogunquit to Kennebunk, documenting the sea's level and considering the consequences.
We'll start sharing our thoughts with a collection of photos from the day. Up top is Sue Bickford's shot of a submerged crab play set. Below will be…
- Footbridge by Nik Charov
- Mile Road shoreline by Kristin Wilson
- Mile Road, Wells by Sue Bickford
- Webhannet Drive, Wells by Kristin Wilson
- Welcome to Drakes Island by Nik Charov
- Little River Estuary by Suzanne Kahn
- Barrier Beach Overlook by Annie Cox
- Laudholm Beach walker by Scott Richardson
Figure 1: A chart of the scientific consensus on climate change (97% of scientists agree that humans are driving global warming), and how much attention the minority opinion seems to receive in the media. Or is it a graph of the amount of America's wealth controlled by the top 3% (54.5%), vs. the bottom 97%?
The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/5/2014.
Two weeks ago, my family and I were perched on the steps of the grand fountain in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, watching 300,000 people march past. They sang, they shouted, and they carried thousands of messages, all communicating one thing: world leaders, it’s time to do something about climate change. A week of action followed. Further protests spread around the world, corporations declared carbon reduction goals, and even presidents and prime ministers frankly spoke of “addressing the need to revise a framework for negotiation.”
That’s some progress, anyway.
Earlier this week, over thirty people convened for a dedication of the Yankee Woodlot Trail & Demonstration Forest. After tree-themed refreshments and remarks from several Wells Reserve at Laudholm staff, there was a ceremonial watering of a newly planted American Chestnut seedling and a guided hike along the trail.
A timber harvest in fall 2012 removed one-third of the trees in this 36-acre parcel, and a series of concurrent workshops trained small landowners in planning, designing, and carrying out sustainable harvests on their own properties. Four interpretive signs were added early this summer and an educational booklet was released in August. The reimagined woodlot also features a bench crafted from Yankee Woodlot timber, a piled cord of wood, a Picture Post, and electronic links (QR codes) to informational videos. The Yankee Woodlot is back in the spotlight for the long term.
Associated People John Speight
Heidi Hubbard originally came from Germany but moved to Texas where she was an art and German teacher for many years until her retirement. She has used her retirement years volunteering around the world and was one of our Volunteers for Peace in 2013. She was so good that we asked her to extend her stay through Punkinfiddle, which she did, and then we invited her to return this year!
Heidi spent much of this summer volunteering in Ukraine before arriving here September 12. She’s accomplished so much in the past 3 weeks, including daily watering of the newly planted American Chestnut tree in the Yankee Woodlot and tons of tasks preparing for and cleaning up from Punkinfiddle. She's been a stalwart assistant to John; her favorite jobs were "anything outdoors."
Now that the cold is setting in, she's going back to Texas. We will miss her and hope she'll be back again next year!
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