Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Wells Reserve protects fields, forests, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and sandy beach on the densely populated southern coast of Maine. The reserve's diverse habitats support a broad variety of plants and animals, including rare species such as least terns, piping plovers, and slender blue flag iris.
The Wells Reserve is a 1600-acre research, education, and recreation facility, a public-private partnership within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS, http://nerrs.noaa.gov/). Reserve facilities are situated at historic Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine, and its activities are supported in part by Laudholm Trust, a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 to protect Laudholm Farm.
The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is committed to investigating coastal environments and increasing understanding of their ecology. Through community partnerships, we promote wise stewardship of these vital resources throughout the Gulf of Maine.