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.”
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.
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.”
Associated People Paul Dest
For the second time in less than a year, the Town of Wells and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve have teamed up to protect a key parcel of land in the Merriland River watershed.
The 61-acre Highpine Properties parcel consists of forested wetlands, vernal pools, and the headwater streams of the Merriland River. The undeveloped tract has 100 feet of frontage on the Sanford Road (Route 109) and is nestled into the 700-acre Fenderson Wildlife Commons, a designated town conservation area. Protecting the Highpine parcel adds to one of the largest blocks of unfragmented conservation land in southern Maine.
Dr. Christine B. Feurt, coordinator of the Coastal Training Program at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), was presented with the 2012 NERR System and NERR Association Award at the annual NERRS/NERRA meeting held in West Virginia in November. The award is given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the reserve system.
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