The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan—A Model for Other Estuarine Reserves and a Mechanism for Improved Coastal Resources Policy

by John M. Mettee, Appledore Engineering Inc, Newmarket, United Kingdom,
Cynthia Hayden, Appledore Engineering Inc, Newmarket, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


This paper describes the management plan for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, an approximately 1600-acre site along the southern Maine coast. With the assistance of planning consultants, the Reserve staff and a plan advisory committee prepared the plan to meet the Reserve's 5-year needs and to comply with national reserve management guidelines established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the oversight agency for designating and administering the estuarine research reserve program nationally. The plan address several programmatic areas including: research, education, and resource management. It also establishes a plan for the rehabilitation of the existing farm buildings for Reserve use and a new institutional arrangement for the administrative management of the Reserve. In the two years since the adoption to the management plan, steady progress has been made in implementing the plan's recommendations.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Resource management | Coastal management | Wetlands (coastal) | Light rail transit | Consulting services | Education | Rehabilitation | Maine | United States

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