The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged coastal access

  • Public Shoreline Access in Maine

    | September 21, 2016

    Cover image for Public Shoreline Access in MaineThroughout much of my professional life, I have been involved in various issues related to coastal conservation and public access. My activities have included:

    • The Practical — acquisition of lands along the coast that provide direct access for residents and visitors, and that protect wildlife habitat
    • The Educational — organizing forums, lectures, and workshops that explore legal and policy issues relating to coastal ownership, use, and access
    • Writing and Publishing — most recently, co-editing the 3-volume Maine Coastal Public Access Guide

    So it was only natural that the Wells Reserve (and yours truly) would team up with University of Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Coastal Program to revise and publish Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen’s Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law.

    This concise, full color guide, just released, is a summary and analysis of the laws, policies, and court decisions that have helped define ownership of, and public access to, Maine’s coast.

    Download Public Shoreline Access in Maine: A Citizen's Guide to Ocean and Coastal Law (6 MB)

  • Wells Reserve Featured in Coastal Access Guide

    | March 21, 2014

    A human shadow stretches over the salt marsh.Pick up three handy guides to the Maine coast and you'll always know where to access sandy beaches, nature areas, hiking paths, and boat launches as you travel the state's 5,300+ miles of shoreline. Each Maine Coastal Public Access Guide — there are separate editions for southern, midcoast, and downeast Maine — gives driving directions along with details on what to expect for parking, facilities, and amenities. Natural features and cultural highlights for more than 700 sites are described in the series, which was published in 2013 by the Maine Coastal Program, with significant involvement by the reserve.