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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.

Join the Chorus #2: The Clause Comes Out

March 24, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: congressnerranerrsnoaapolicy

Worth fighting for?

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The members and visitors and supporters of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, and the other 28 national estuarine research reserves, are feeling particularly aggrieved. We love that Petition Clause; let's do it. Let's get some of that ol' fashioned redress!

Here are two petitions to sign, via the online platform MoveOn.org.

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Mentioned John Speight

Pictured left to right: Rich Miller, Samuel Prough, Alma Chavez, Alondra Garcia-Diaz, Devin Bruns, Sam Del Molina (Team Leader), Deangelo Brown, Dexter Evans

There’s no one on Laudholm beach when Moose 5, the AmeriCorps team that will spend the next five weeks at the Wells Reserve, arrives at low tide. It’s windy, raw, and the snow has started, but they seem in no hurry to leave. They shrink the chilly gap between their shoulders and ears, and face the ocean.

If not for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), it’s likely we would not be standing here together. I would not have met Deangelo, who lives just outside of Detroit, or Alondra from Southern California. I would not know about Dexter’s encounter with a large whale off the side of a Navy ship, or that Team Leader Sam has hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail.

And they would not know how beautiful an empty winter beach in Maine can be.

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Mentioned Caryn Beiter

Teachers on the Estuary Workshop (July 10-12, 2017)

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We are putting teachers on the estuary again this summer by offering a free workshop that will give educators data-driven climate change activities to bring back to their classes. The workshop will train up to ten educators in reserve-style environmental monitoring, "coastal blue carbon" concepts, and ways to understand and address climate change.

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Join the Chorus

March 10, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: congressnerranerrsnoaa

Wood Frog photo. [shutterstock]

An open letter to all lovers of nature, science, beauty, and Maine’s coast:

It’s one of the sublime pleasures of my job, each spring, to hear the wood frogs at dusk at the Wells Reserve. Their annual chorus fills me with hope. Hope for longer, warmer days. Hope for the blooms of spring and the thrills of summer.

That vernal awakening is weeks away, but over the past few days my heart was lifted by another kind of chorus — yours.

You responded heartily and quickly to OPPOSE a proposal to eliminate the entire National Estuarine Research Reserve System, including Maine’s own Wells Reserve. An early budget from the new Trump administration showed a profound disregard for the value of the 29 national reserves, these national treasures.

I say "no thank you." No way, no how. I'm adding my voice to those who want to save these places of science and wonder. But we still need more voices in the chorus.

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Screenshot of Portland Press Herald story by Colin Woodard on proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Today's article by Colin Woodard in the Portland Press Herald has raised some concern about the possible plight of the Wells and Great Bay reserves. We appreciate your support and we promise to keep you informed about this developing story.

The release of the "budget memo" for NOAA from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is an expression of the Trump administration's spending priorities for the agency. We have not seen anything official, so all the information is based on the memo that the Washington Post obtained late last week.

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