The Wrack: Projects

 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.

About this Project

Sea-level rise and extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change impact Maine’s coastline and are anticipated to increase in frequency and strength. 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 that the recovery of businesses is critical to the overall recovery of a region’s economy.


This project will adapt and transfer the Tourism Resilience Index, previously developed for the Gulf of Mexico by the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, to Southern Maine. The Wells Reserve will help coastal businesses in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk to assess their ability to maintain operations during and after a disaster. The Wells Reserve also will collaborate with business leaders, municipalities, and climate adaptation professionals to decrease the vulnerability of Maine’s beach-based business community to natural disasters.

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Mentioned Chris Feurt Annie Cox

Interdisciplinary Methods for Stakeholder Engagement and Collaborative Research

Lessons from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System


The orange bridge used as a symbol of boundary spanning through collaborative learning in the reserves.How can busy researchers work with even busier managers to facilitate effective application of science to the complex tasks of coastal management, from strategic planning to the design of best management practices and in day-to-day decision-making?

The NERR System is completing 5 years of research nationally around bridging the gulf (boundary spanning) between science and management. These workshops will review boundary spanning projects and work toward developing a primer of best practices for use in coastal management.

Workshop Goal

To build awareness, capacity, and skills to enable coastal management and research communities to use expert interdisciplinary practices to engage stakeholders in developing and implementing collaborative research projects that link science to coastal management and policy.

Project Period

  • September 22 & 23, 2014 in Maine
  • January 14 & 15, 2015 in Texas

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2014 Blue Carbon Workshop

September 1, 2014 By Kristin Wilson Filed under Project Tags: blue carboncarbonpolicyresearchsalt marsh


Create a U.S./Canada working group, identify research gaps, and establish a regional approach to blue carbon science and policy.

Project Period



Blue Carbon workshop logoHold workshop "Blue is the New Green: Valuing Carbon Storage to Understand Barriers and Build Bridges to Enhance Salt Marsh and Seagrass Conservation and Management" (December 5, 2014)

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Mentioned Kristin Wilson Jacob Aman Jeremy Miller



Management Impact

Address growing disruption of salt marsh ecosystem by invasive crabs.


Set traps for 24 hours every 2 weeks.

SET (UMaine)

Contribute to state Green Crab Task Force

Shown by Blum and Davey to work.

Davey and others 2011.


  • Wells Reserve
  • University of Maine
  • Southern Maine Health Care
  • Casco Bay Estuary Partnership


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  • Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Maine Sea Grant
  • Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Resulting Reports


In the News

Dr. Kristin Wilson quoted in Portland Press Herald article "Invasive Green Crabs — Threat to Maine's Clams — Dwindle" on September 15, 2014

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Mentioned Michael Mahoney Annie Cox Chris Feurt Dana Cohen-Kaplan

Storm-damaged house in Saco, Maine, April 2007

About the Project

The Sandy Dialogues facilitated an exchange of expertise and experience between New Jersey and Maine that culminated in two Maine-based coastal hazard preparedness training workshops. Through this project, the Wells Reserve and its partners learned from New Jersey's Jacques Cousteau Reserve and its stakeholders about the use of decision-support systems, combined with the experience of responding to and recovering from a major storm event.

The Sandy Dialogues stemmed from the earlier Climate Games project in Wells and a sea-level-rise vulnerability assessment done for the New Jersey coast.

Project Period

March to November 2014

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