Wells Reserve Roles
The Wells Reserve is responsible for the upkeep and improvement of the farm buildings and campus grounds, the trails and boardwalks, the Maine Coastal Ecology Center, the Forest Learning Shelter, and the Alheim Commons. The Wells Reserve manages the woodlands and wetlands, the dunes and grasslands, the flora and fauna. The Wells Reserve operates programs in coastal research and monitoring, environmental learning and decision-maker training, and land and water resource management.
The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve works to expand knowledge about coasts and estuaries, engage people in environmental learning, and involve communities in conserving natural resources, all with a goal of protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems around the Gulf of Maine.
The Wells Reserve is overseen by the Wells Reserve Management Authority (RMA), which was established in 1990 by the Maine legislature. Represented on the RMA are the Maine Department of Conservation, the Maine State Planning Office, the Town of Wells, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Laudholm Trust. A Governor-appointed scientist also serves on the RMA.
Wells Reserve Management Authority, Board
- Nik Charov, Laudholm Trust — Chair
- Daniel Belknap, Ph.D., University of Maine
- Karl Ekstedt, Town of Wells
- Amy LaVoie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (temporary)
- Ron Hunt, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
- Kathleen Leyden, Maine Coastal Program (ex officio)
- Erica Seiden, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (ex officio)
- Management Plan 2013-2018 complete (16 MB)
- Management Plan 2013-2018 without appendices (3.5 MB)
- Rules for Public Use (306 KB)
- Financial Statements FY16 (780 kb)
- Financial Statements FY15 (780 kb)
- Financial Statements FY14 (6 MB)
- Financial Statements FY13 (670 kb)
- Financial Statements FY12 (600 kb)
- Financial Statements FY11 (5 MB)
- Financial Statements FY10 (570 kb)
- Financial Statements FY09 (650 kb)