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  • Hurricane Relief Sent to Texas and Puerto Rico Estuarine Reserves

    | September 28, 2017 | Filed under: News

    Laudholm Trust sends emergency relief funds to the Mission-Aransas Reserve in Texas and Jobos Bay Reserve in Puerto Rico to support recovery and rebuilding efforts after devastating hurricanes.

  • Fools Russian

    | April 1, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Over the past three years, it has been the practice of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm to publish a bit of make-believe each April Fool’s Day. We have posted hoax articles to draw attention to real issues like staff changes, invasive species, and the health of local rivers. Unfortunately, this year the truth-blurring antics of President Trump and his staff have convinced us that adding “fake news” to the local scene, even if only in jest, would be counter-productive and irresponsible.

  • Join the Chorus #2: The Clause Comes Out

    | March 24, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Here are two petitions to sign, one to express your support of the Wells Reserve and another to extend that support to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

  • Join the Chorus

    | March 10, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    An open letter to all lovers of nature, science, beauty, and Maine’s coast.

  • Is the National Reserve System in Danger?

    | March 9, 2017 | Filed under: News

    The President's budget eliminates funding for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. The complete budget process includes Congress, however, which is demonstrating it has its own spending priorities.

    Last update: July 28, 2017

  • Hearting Estuaries V

    | February 10, 2017 | Filed under: Opinion

    Say it with us! Join the 2017 #iheartestuaries campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and IRL on February 12, 13, and 14. Raise your voice on behalf of estuaries. Call out to Congress with a simple message: "I care about estuaries and this is why…"

  • The Way Forward: Unmanned Aerial Systems for the Reserve System

    | September 13, 2016

    Roadmap CoverThe Wells Reserve has released a resource document for using Unmanned Aerial System technology (commonly known as drones) within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This roadmap helps Reserves across the country navigate the complex issues surrounding civilian UAS technology and helps them determine how this technology can help achieve the system's vision of healthy coastal ecosystems and thriving coastal communities.

  • NERRS Online Qualitative Research Course

    | June 19, 2015

    Course Goals and Objectives

    This course was launched in 2013 and built upon the skills of NERRS Coastal Training Program (CTP) staff and others in collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing qualitative data and using the results of this work to improve the quality of meetings, foster effective project management, and facilitate collaborative research projects. (Examples of qualitative data include meeting minutes, workshop flip charts and notes, policy documents, newspapers articles, and narrative survey responses.) We're hosting everything here as a resource for those that took the class and for anyone interested in following along.

  • New England Research Reserves in Sync

    Wells Reserve Contributor | April 6, 2015

    A few weeks back we hosted a New England regional meeting for reserves located in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In attendance were approximately 40 staff members from the four reserves spanning research, education, stewardship, coastal training, managers, and friends.

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    As an employee of the Wells Reserve for almost a year now, I had the privilege of attending this meeting and learning more about how the reserve system works as a whole, how neighboring reserves strive to work together, and how staff members collaborate on ideas.

  • Alphabet Soup and the Budget

    | March 3, 2015

    Paul's off to Washington this week for the annual alphabet soup convention, a/k/a budget pushing time in DC. The first week of March is customarily when NOAA's CZM programs — the NERRS and the SGCPs — get together with EPA's NEPs for a few days on the hill. Reserve director Dest will hunch over the tureen with his colleagues to taste test their parent agencies' justifications for spending. They'll explore nuances and compare notes, discerning seasonings before whisking to their respective Congressional offices to explain why the assembled ingredients blend to perfection.

    A bowl of alphabet soup. Adapted from a photograph by strawberryblues [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.The estuarine reserves make a palatable mélange. Operating the 28 sites requires less than 4% of the National Ocean Service (NOS) budget and just 0.3% of NOAA's $6 billion request.