The Wrack: News Releases

 blog of the wells reserve at laudholm

The Wrack is our collective logbook on the web. Here you will find hundreds of articles on myriad topics, all tied to these two thousand acres of protected coastal land and the yesteryear cluster that lends them identity.

Why "The Wrack"? In its cycles of ebb and flow, the sea transports a melange of weed, shell, bone, feather, wood, rope, and trash from place to place, then deposits it at the furthest reach of spent surf. This former flotsam is full of interesting stuff for anybody who cares to kneel and take a look. Now and then, the line of wrack reveals a treasure.

Mentioned Paul Dest

WELLS, Maine, December 12, 2016 — Kennebunk resident Paul Dest, for 16 years the director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, was honored on December 12 with the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dest was presented with his award at the National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and 25th meeting of The Coastal Society in New Orleans.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King praised Dest for his dedication and leadership. “He and the entire team at the Wells Reserve are doing fantastic work to help study and conserve coastal ecosystems across Maine,” they said in a joint statement.

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Mentioned Jason Goldstein

Dr. Jason Goldstein portraitWELLS, Maine, July 20, 2016 — Dr. Jason Goldstein is the new research director at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Goldstein will oversee the Wells Reserve’s fish studies, salt marsh restoration activities, and long-term environmental monitoring program. He intends to expand the reserve’s shellfish program, currently focused on green crab research, into lobster and Jonah crab ecology. Goldstein was selected after a national search and started at the reserve in June.

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Mentioned Annie Cox

Ten years ago, New England was pummeled by strong winds and heavy rains as the “Mother’s Day Storm” of 2006 washed out bridges, flooded homes, and damaged businesses, especially along the coast of York County. Less than a year later, the Patriots’ Day Storm added insult to injury and, too soon after that, Superstorm Sandy struck southern Maine a glancing blow.

From Kittery to Cape Elizabeth, a low and relatively flat coastline places communities at risk during extreme weather events. And due to the changing climate, it’s likely that stronger storms will hit more often. Along the coast, their impact will only be worsened by the continuing rise of the sea.

Beach-based businesses, a powerful economic engine for Maine, are generally little prepared for storm surge and coastal flooding. Yet lessons learned from previous disasters underscore how important the recovery of businesses is to the overall recovery of a region’s economy.

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Mentioned Jacob Aman

Scientists at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve have discovered how invasive green crabs are damaging salt marshes along the Maine coast. By measuring the strength of peat in three salt marshes, and by using CT scanning to inspect peat samples drawn from those marshes, the researchers have shown that green crab burrowing activity is weakening salt marsh creek banks, causing them to erode.

The research reserve, which studied salt marshes in Wells, Yarmouth, and Damariscotta over two years, reported its findings to the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

Ecologists use a CT scanner at Southern Maine Health Care to inspect a peat sample taken from a Maine salt marsh.This was the first time computer-aided tomography (CT) has been used to study geologic cores taken from Maine salt marshes. Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford performed the CT scanning, which allowed scientists to look inside cylinders of salt marsh peat without disturbing their structure.

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A Fishy Tourney

April 1, 2016 By Scott Richardson Filed under News Release Tags: fish

Mentioned Paul Dest Jeremy Miller Jacob Aman Nik Charov


Fans Will Fill the Stands for this Fishy Tourney

WELLS, Maine, April 1, 2016 — Even though New England teams were shut out of the Sweet Sixteen, there’s still no shortage of enthusiasm among the region’s faithful fans.

Friends and staff of four National Estuarine Research Reserves — Wells, Great Bay, Waquoit, and Narragansett —are expected to line the banks of the Little River over the weekend for a fishy Final Four. The annual event, dubbed “Bleachers on the Estuary,” is sponsored this year by the Wells Reserve at Laudholm.

Fans head to the stands for for the 2016 Bleachers on the Estuary event

“It just doesn’t get any better than Marsh Madness,” gushed the reserve’s gizmo guy Jeremy Miller.

“I’ve already filled out my brackish,” boasted reserve executive defector Paul Dest, drinking deeply from his mug of plankton-infused sea water. “Sea-run Brookies all the way!”

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