The Wrack

 blog of the wells reserve at laudholm

The Wrack is our collective logbook on the web. Here you will find hundreds of articles on myriad topics, all tied to these two thousand acres of protected coastal land and the yesteryear cluster that lends them identity.

Why "The Wrack"? In its cycles of ebb and flow, the sea transports a melange of weed, shell, bone, feather, wood, rope, and trash from place to place, then deposits it at the furthest reach of spent surf. This former flotsam is full of interesting stuff for anybody who cares to kneel and take a look. Now and then, the line of wrack reveals a treasure.

Venue: Voices of Experience

May 20, 2016 By Beth Geary Filed under Article Tags: photographyweddings

Shrimp cocktailWe’re lucky to work with some of the best wedding professionals in the business. These experts manage details beautifully and are exceptional at their craft. We wanted to share the thoughts of three of our favorites. What trends do they see in the industry? Why do they love being a part of events here?

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Climate Stewards lecture series banner 2016 (earth)


Be informed, entranced, and inspired by the speakers in our annual Climate Stewards lecture series. Here’s the line-up:

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Mentioned Annie Cox

Ten years ago, New England was pummeled by strong winds and heavy rains as the “Mother’s Day Storm” of 2006 washed out bridges, flooded homes, and damaged businesses, especially along the coast of York County. Less than a year later, the Patriots’ Day Storm added insult to injury and, too soon after that, Superstorm Sandy struck southern Maine a glancing blow.

From Kittery to Cape Elizabeth, a low and relatively flat coastline places communities at risk during extreme weather events. And due to the changing climate, it’s likely that stronger storms will hit more often. Along the coast, their impact will only be worsened by the continuing rise of the sea.

Beach-based businesses, a powerful economic engine for Maine, are generally little prepared for storm surge and coastal flooding. Yet lessons learned from previous disasters underscore how important the recovery of businesses is to the overall recovery of a region’s economy.

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Mentioned Jacob Aman Brenda Rudnicky

 For the past five weeks, our research staff have been out fishing in the rivers of southern Maine to provide up-to-date information on species with the greatest need for conservation. We have been fortunate to have the help of some dedicated community volunteers and members of the Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  This is the earliest we’ve been fishing in recent years and the catch has been diverse and exciting!

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Venue: Plan an Eco-friendly Wedding

April 21, 2016 By Beth Geary Filed under Article Tags: earth dayweddings

Colorful heart snackEarth Day puts us in an environmental, sustainable, tree-hugging state of mind. As time ticks by and the effects of climate change become more evident, we continue to live our mission of caring about the planet and sharing the facts we learn about what's happening to it. How is this relevant to weddings? Because we often use the term “eco-wedding” here and ponder its relevance.

Would a wedding occurring here be considered an eco-wedding? How important is having an environmentally-friendly wedding to our couples? Would it be helpful if we shared some resources and thoughts on doing so?

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