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Watermark, Fall 2021

Posted by | December 1, 2021 | Filed under: News
Cover of Fall 2021 Watermark newsletter

In the fall 2021 issue of Watermark:

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Letter from the President

The tree on the cover of your latest Watermark newsletter is a friend of mine. It’s been marooned on the south bank of the Little River since before I arrived at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in 2012. Like me, that tree has turned a little greyer in the intervening years.

I’m grateful it’s spending some time within the reserve’s boundaries. Though the driftwood is starkly skeletal, it’s not, to me, a memento mori, some specter from the grave. It’s instead a beautiful exemplar of this ever-changing world, temporarily moored on the Southern Maine coast at a place that devotes itself to understanding and protecting our world and to weathering its challenges.

Like that tree, visitors and partners of the Wells Reserve rely on this place to be a quiet port in a storm. I hope you’ll make a year-end contribution to Laudholm Trust to support the Wells Reserve and keep us that way. Your gifts help us prepare for the future (new electric vehicle charging stations just added to our parking lot), study the present (lobsters and larvae and crabs, oh my!), and listen to the past (especially from those peoples that have cared for these lands and waters for millennia).

You can read more about those efforts and more in the enclosed newsletter. Everything described within is made possible thanks to your donations. Plus, your tax-deductible contributions continue to match the federal support we’re getting to advance the Wells Reserve’s research, education, and conservation efforts.

Most of all, your support keeps this place a familiar, if always changing, haven in “these interesting times.” On behalf of all of us here, thank you so much. Happy and healthy holidays to you and yours. I hope you make the most of your time together, maybe even with some time spent at your Wells Reserve.

Nik Charov

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