Stewardship & Conservation

wells national estuarine research reserve


The Wells Reserve landscape is a model for resource stewardship, with several hundred acres managed for fish and wildlife habitat. Among the management activities at the Wells Reserve are:

  • controlling invasive plant species
  • maintaining and creating shrublands as wildlife habitat
  • protecting rare plants and endangered animals
  • maintaining fields for grassland nesting birds
  • surveying wildlife populations
  • restoring salt marsh habitats

Resource Management Plans

The Wells Reserve is in the process of developing an integrated habitat management plan. As components become available, we will post them here.


The Wells Reserve protects land and water within its boundary and targeted watershed area, and works with communities and organizations throughout southern Maine to help them conserve and better manage natural resources. Highlights of activities include:

Stewardship Advisory Committee

This committee provides guidance on protecting natural and cultural resources while providing for research, education, recreation, and interpretation. The committee's members (February 2012) include:

  • Chair: Kate O'Brien, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Robert Christensen-Lang
  • Owen Grumbling, Wells Conservation Commission
  • Matt Hight, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Scott Lindsay, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Chuck Lubelczyk, Maine Medical Center
  • Alison Sirois, Maine Department of Marine Resources
  • Susan Bickford, staff
  • Paul Dest, staff
  • Suzanne Eder, staff
  • Scott Richardson, staff
  • Tin Smith, staff
  • Nancy Viehmann, staff

Learn more about Stewardship & Conservation

Tin Smith, Stewardship Coordinator, 207-646-1555 ext 119
Sue Bickford, GIS Specialist, 207-646-1555 ext 120
Paul Dest, Reserve Director, 207-646-1555 ext 124