The Wrack

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

Posts tagged trees

  • Black Tupelo: A First for the Reserve?

    | October 21, 2021 | Filed under: Observations

    The reserve's first black tupelo, or blackgum, is identified along the Muskie Trail.

  • Tiny but Mighty

    | May 1, 2020 | Filed under: Observations

    Plankton, pollen, and the tiniest seeds—myriad little things can be a really big deal.

  • Controlling Invasives will be Job One in Yankee Woodlot

    Tina Fischer
    | April 26, 2019 | Filed under: Culture

    Assessing the Yankee Woodlot with Team Lorax 6+ years after a carefully planned selective harvest.

  • Are Heirlooms Hiding in the Brush?

    | December 4, 2018 | Filed under: Culture

    With heritage apples in vogue, we're curious about the apples in the neglected orchard of old Laudholm Farm.

  • The Yankee Woodlot—A Demonstration Forest

    | October 2, 2014

    A demonstration cord of wood along the Yankee Woodlot trailEarlier this week, over thirty people convened for a dedication of the Yankee Woodlot Trail & Demonstration Forest. After tree-themed refreshments and remarks from several Wells Reserve at Laudholm staff, there was a ceremonial watering of a newly planted American Chestnut seedling and a guided hike along the trail.

    A timber harvest in fall 2012 removed one-third of the trees in this 36-acre parcel, and a series of concurrent workshops trained small landowners in planning, designing, and carrying out sustainable harvests on their own properties. Four interpretive signs were added early this summer and an educational booklet was released in August. The reimagined woodlot also features a bench crafted from Yankee Woodlot timber, a piled cord of wood, a Picture Post, and electronic links (QR codes) to informational videos. The Yankee Woodlot is back in the spotlight for the long term.

  • In Like a Lionfish, Part 1

    | March 1, 2014 | Filed under: Opinion

    The ultimate invasive species, the one that has penetrated to every corner of the map, left no waters or winds untouched, and helped all the others spread so quickly, is Homo sapiens.

  • 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.

  • Trees Planted Along Entry Drive

    | October 14, 2011

    Balled trees on the trailer they arrived onThe Reserve recently received 12 trees from a nursery in midcoast Maine, thanks to the Maine Forest Service's "Project Canopy." This week, Charles, volunteer Mark Klys, and the AmeriCorps team planted them along the entry road, where they will serve as a wind break and visual buffer.