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.
Throughout much of my professional life, I have been involved in various issues related to coastal conservation and public access. My activities have included:
- The Practical — acquisition of lands along the coast that provide direct access for residents and visitors, and that protect wildlife habitat
- The Educational — organizing forums, lectures, and workshops that explore legal and policy issues relating to coastal ownership, use, and access
- Writing and Publishing — most recently, co-editing the 3-volume Maine Coastal Public Access Guide
So it was only natural that the Wells Reserve (and yours truly) would team up with University of Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Coastal Program to revise and publish Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen’s Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law.
This concise, full color guide, just released, is a summary and analysis of the laws, policies, and court decisions that have helped define ownership of, and public access to, Maine’s coast.
Robert and Rose Marie are avid lepidopterists, which is a fancy word for people who are enthusiastic about butterflies and moths. This couple's passion focuses on butterflies. Since 2007, they have been busy each year collecting information for the Maine Butterfly Survey.
Now that the butterfly survey has ended, they have turned their butterfly catching talents to producing butterfly checklists for natural areas. That is what brought them to the Wells Reserve. Robert is the primary netter and Rose Marie is the photographer.
The Wells Reserve has released a resource document for using Unmanned Aerial System technology (commonly known as drones) within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This roadmap helps Reserves across the country navigate the complex issues surrounding civilian UAS technology and helps them determine how this technology can help achieve the system's vision of healthy coastal ecosystems and thriving coastal communities.
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
The votes are in. This year's Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival was the kind of community we should all want to live in. More than 160 volunteers worked together as a tireless, friendly, and welcoming team to make 3,500 visitors and 122 participating artisans feel like there was no better place to be.
2015 was a record-breaking year for the Crafts Festival. I didn't think we could get bigger.
2016 blew it away.
In the summer 2016 issue of Watermark:
- More Than the Sum of Its Parts
- Nik's Notebook
- Teachers Collect Ideas for New Student Projects
- June Ficker, Ever Enlightening
- A New Era
- After Many Years, Joining the Volunteers
- Serendipity and a Good Sense of Direction
- Now's the Time: Investing in Education's Potential
- Lobster Expert Lands at Wells Reserve
Download the Summer 2016 Watermark (5.6 MB)
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