The Wrack: exhibits

blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

Paul Dest reads his remarks at the Changing Landscapes dedication ceremonyAt this nationally recognized historic site that serves as a center for our activities, we are a great example of change and adaptation. We reveal so well that as our society changes — our economies, our values — so do the places we inhabit. Thus these 19th century buildings designed for farming have been adapted to serve our 21st century mission of coastal science, education, and stewardship.

I have always felt our Reserve, located on the south coast of Maine, is a great example of the meeting of the past and the present — of natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes. They exist side-by-side, but are also interwoven. This place also illustrates for us that landscapes continually change; they are never stagnant. Natural systems and human actions change what we see around us — whether it is our contemporary efforts to keep our fields from reverting to forests through mowing or burning, or the natural forces of rivers and coastal currents that alter the shape and contours of our beaches. Change happens.

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