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Associated People Nik Charov

WELLS, Maine, April 17, 2014 — Gardeners are always striving to get more flowers and vegetables from their gardens without making lots of extra work for themselves. Learning tricks and techniques for increasing yields and reducing labor can reap big dividends at harvest time, so UMaine Extension Master Gardeners of York County and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm are offering workshops this spring and summer to help local gardeners get more for less.

“Master gardener volunteers are eager to share tips with York County residents who are trying to get the best out of their gardens,” said Frank Wertheim of the UMaine Cooperative Extension office.

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Laudholm Trust's new president, a wild turkey, confers with outgoing president Nik Charov in front of the Laudholm barn. Photo uploaded April 1, 2014.

WELLS, Maine, April 1, 2014 — A wild turkey of the species Meleagris gallopavo has been hired as the new president of Laudholm Trust, the local nonprofit partner of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, according to Goose Read, chairman of the Trust's Brood of Defectors. A search committee composed of Laudholm Trust brood members and a consulting coyote chose the turkey after reviewing a strong field of candidates from around the Reserve's 2,250 acres. The turkey will work with departing Trust President Nik Charov on the transition.

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Associated People Nik Charov Paul Dest

WELLS, Maine, January 9, 2014 — The five-year management plan for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, also known as the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, was approved in December by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The plan will guide the reserve’s science, education, and conservation programs and its other activities through 2018. It can be read during business hours at the organization headquarters at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells or downloaded from www.wellsreserve.org/nerr.

“The Wells Reserve at Laudholm has a responsibility to serve local communities and to participate in national programs that benefit present and future generations,” said Nik Charov, chairman of the Reserve Management Authority, the Wells Reserve’s governing board. “We invite folks to explore the many actions the reserve staff will be taking to fulfill that obligation and to come to us with any questions.”

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Associated People Nik Charov

WELLS, Maine, May 21, 2013 — York County Master Gardeners and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm are offering local gardeners several opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills around their home gardening through a series of workshops this summer at the new All Seasons Garden at the reserve.

All Seasons Garden workshops begin with Sheet Mulching and Home Composting on May 30 and continue with Drip Irrigation on June 4, Yardscaping on June 19, and Four-Season Gardening on August 29. Each two-hour, hands-on workshop begins at 6pm and costs $7 ($5 for members of Laudholm Trust). A special noontime brown-bag talk on Three Sisters Gardening and Companion Planting will be offered June 12 for a $2 suggested donation. See wellsreserve.org/calendar for details and to register in advance for each evening workshop.

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Associated People Suzanne Kahn

WELLS, Maine, May 2, 2013 — Suzanne Kahn Eder, education director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, will spend part of her summer in the Arctic aboard the Lindblad expedition ship National Geographic Explorer after having been selected as a 2013 Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.

Eder was in Washington, D.C., last week for a pre-voyage workshop, where she met the other 13 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows, three of the expedition’s on-board naturalists, and the program’s coordinators. “It is a talented, well traveled, and passionate group of people and I feel so fortunate to have been selected for this program,” Eder said. “I keep expecting to wake from a dream.”

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