The Wrack

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Blog posts: News

  • Mysterious Aquatic Creature Lurking in Wells Harbor?

    | April 1, 2015 | Filed under: News

    Jeremy Miller, research associate at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, is no stranger to Wells Harbor. But lately in Wells Harbor, things have been getting stranger.

    For the past ten years, Miller has been coordinating the Wells Reserve's System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), which, as part of a network of 28 water quality data collection sites across the nation, remotely samples coastal waters every 15 minutes, 365 days a year. Jeremy Miller works on equipment at Wells Harbor, unaware of the mysterious creature that would soon swim under the dock where he stands. Is that Webby?Gigabytes of data are annually collected by the SWMP program and scientists are increasingly using it to spot long-term changes in the Gulf of Maine and other coastal areas.

    But recently Miller, who is also the Maine state coordinator for the Marine Invasive Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC), saw something he'd never seen before.

    Or at least, he thought he did.

  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Marks Solar Milestone

    | March 23, 2015 | Filed under: News

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm has become the first nonprofit in Maine to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy, with 248 solar panels that are expected to generate 73,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy while preventing 45 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

  • Wells Reserve Hosts Workshop on "Blue Carbon" Science

    | December 8, 2014 | Filed under: News

    Group photo of 'blue carbon

    WELLS, Maine, December 8, 2014 — Scientists from around New England met at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on December 5 for a workshop focused on “blue carbon” science and policy. For the first time, scientists from throughout the region gathered to share research results, identify gaps in knowledge, and plan future collaborations involving carbon in coastal habitats.

    The term “blue carbon” refers to the ability of salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests to take up and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Coastal wetlands capture carbon and store it at rates even greater than rainforests.

    “Carbon held naturally in coastal wetlands is not entering the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, so these habitats have real potential to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Kristin Wilson, Wells Reserve research director, who co-coordinated the workshop.

  • Laudholm Trust Names New President

    | April 1, 2014 | Filed under: News

    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.

  • All Seasons Garden Workshops in Wells

    | May 24, 2013 | Filed under: News

    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 for details and to register in advance for each evening workshop.

  • Highpine Parcel Protected along Merriland River

    | February 1, 2013 | Filed under: News

    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.

    A view of Eaton Brook, a tributary of the Merriland RiverThe 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.

  • Chris Feurt, Wells Reserve Training Coordinator, Receives National Honor

    | December 13, 2012 | Filed under: News

    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.

  • Climate Change Adaptation Project Starts in Wells

    | October 29, 2012 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, October 29, 2012 — The Town of Wells has begun a two-year study to understand and prepare for the potential impacts of climate change. Wells public officials and local residents, with help from researchers from the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), will be using short games played face-to-face in community meetings to clarify possible climate change risks and to reach agreement on appropriate adaptation measures.

  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm names Michele Dionne Research Lab

    | October 1, 2012 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, October 1, 2012 — The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and Laudholm Trust have honored the late Dr. Michele Dionne, the reserve’s lead scientist and long-time research director, by placing her name on the research laboratory of the Maine Coastal Ecology Center at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The announcement was made by Laudholm Trustee Cynthia Daley and Reserve Director Paul Dest at a memorial service held at the reserve on September 23.

  • Wells Reserve plans unique approach to harvesting trees

    | July 25, 2012 | Filed under: News

    WELLS, Maine, July 25, 2012 — A 34-acre woodlot in Wells is seen as a testing ground for managing timber for long-term gain while maintaining its value for wildlife, clean water, and recreation. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve will complete a partial harvest of its Yankee Woodlot this fall while hosting a series of four workshops that will encourage participants to get involved in the process.