94-335 C.M.R. ch. 1, § 1 - Regulations for Administration and Public Use of Wells Reserve

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

(A) Reserve regulations are superseded by US Fish and Wildlife Service regulations on the property of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the submerged lands of the Bureau of Parks and Lands at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.
(B) Any use of the Reserve and its facilities may be suspended by the Wells Reserve's Executive Director without advance notice.
(1) "Authorized Official" means any federal, state, or local official empowered to enforce provisions of these regulations.
(2) "Daylight Hours" means the hours between 7 a.m. and Sunset.
(3) "Group" means any assemblage of people larger than nine people.
(4) "Laudholm Property" describes approximately 400 acres of land and the buildings within the northern section of Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and bounded by the Little and Merriland Rivers and Drakes Island Road. This area, containing the Wells Reserve visitor center, parking lot, and developed trails, comprises the primary contact point for Wells Reserve visitors. The Laudholm Property is part of a State of Maine-designated "Wildlife Sanctuary" (see §1- C-8 below).
(5) "Laudholm Trust" is a 501(c) (3) public charitable trust whose purpose is to support the programs, facilities, and land of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.
(6) "Wells Reserve" means the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve.
(7) "Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve" means all buildings, lands, waters, and interests administered as part of the Wells Reserve. These areas include land owned by the Town of Wells, the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry/Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Authority, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service included within the boundaries of the Reserve as agreed in various memoranda of understanding.
(8) "Wildlife Sanctuary" means specific lands designated by the State of Maine to protect animals and plants as outlined in Maine law 12 M.R.S. §§12701, 12706, 12707.
(9) "Public Access Points" includes the public parking lot on Skinner Mill Road, the Service Entrance on Laudholm Farm Road; and the trailheads on Skinner Mill Road, Laudholm Farm Road, and Drakes Island Road.
(1) The primary use of the Wells Reserve shall be for research and education by scientists, educators, the public, and school children.
(2) Recreational uses, including but not limited to sightseeing, nature observation and photography, fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking, are permitted subject to State and Federal laws and Municipal Ordinances.
(3) No person shall trespass, including but not limited to entering, occupying, using, or being in the Wells Reserve except as specifically authorized in these regulations.
(a) Pedestrian access is limited to daylight hours and established trails. Entrance fees will be assessed as described in §1. I (1).
(b) Vehicular access to the Wells Reserve is restricted to the parking lot at Laudholm Property during daylight hours. Entrance fees will be assessed as described in 1. I (1).
(4) Hours or areas of entry may be modified by special permit by the Executive Director.
(1) Whenever public access, use, or activity previously permitted is curtailed, the Public may be notified by any of the following methods:
(a) official signs posted conspicuously at appropriate intervals;
(b) special regulations posted and available in the Reserve's Visitor Center
(c) maps available in the Reserve's Visitor Center;
(d) other appropriate methods which give the public actual or constructive notice of permitted or curtailed public access, use, or activity.
(1) Permits required by these regulations can be obtained at the administrative office in the Reserve's Visitor Center.
(a) Any person in the Wells Reserve shall, upon request of any authorized official, exhibit the required federal, state, local, or Reserve permit or license authorizing their presence and activity on the area and shall furnish such other information for identification purposes as may be requested.
(b) The following activities require permits:
(i) Use of the Reserve for any scientific research, including sampling and collecting of specimens and the use of scientific instruments.
(ii) Deer hunting on the Laudholm Property, which is a State of Maine-designated Wildlife Sanctuary.
(2) The Executive Director may issue special permits to allow use of special access not normally allowed.
(3) A permit may be terminated or revoked at any time for:
(a) non-compliance with the terms thereof or of these regulations;
(b) non-use
(c) violation of any law, regulation, or order applicable to the Wells Reserve or to protect public health or safety or the resources of the Wells Reserve.
(1) Taking or introducing natural objects, harassing wildlife, starting fires, walking off designated trails, bike riding on trails, littering, camping
(a) No person may remove any animal, plant, rock, mineral, or other natural object from within the Wells Reserve with the following exceptions:
(i) Shellfish and game fish may be taken by persons duly licensed and permitted by the appropriate federal, state, or local agency in specially designated areas.
(ii) Collecting for the purpose of management related research may be done by permit from the Executive Director.
(b) No person shall camp overnight within the Wells Reserve.
(c) No plant or animal or their parts may be introduced or released into the Wells Reserve except native species under special permit from the Executive Director.
(d) No person shall light or maintain fires within the Wells Reserve.
(e) No person shall harass or disturb wildlife within the Wells Reserve.
(f) No person shall litter within the Wells Reserve.
(g) No person shall ride a bike on the walking trails of the Wells Reserve.
(h) All persons shall remain on the designated trails of the Reserve.
(i) No person shall operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("drones") or other remote-controlled air, water, and terrestrial craft within the Wells Reserve.
(j) No person shall release helium-filled balloons within the Wells Reserve.
(k) No person shall Open Carry firearms within the Wells Reserve.
(2) Vehicles
(a) Travel or use of any vehicle, including but not limited to automobiles, off-road vehicles, golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds shall be limited to access roads and parking areas.
(b) Vehicles shall be parked only in places designated for that purpose.
(c) Stopping, parking, or leaving any vehicle so as to obstruct the free movement of other vehicles or persons is prohibited, except in the event of accident or other condition beyond the control of the operator.
(d) All persons shall obey the lawful order or signal of any authorized official directing, controlling, or regulating the movement of traffic.
(3) Pets

With the exception of service animals, domestic pets are prohibited from the Wells Reserve.

(4) Smoking
(a) Smoking and other tobacco products, vaping, and electronic cigarettes are prohibited throughout the Wells Reserve except at one designated location in the public parking lot.
(1) Violation of these regulations is a Class E Crime.
(2) Nothing in these regulations shall be construed to relieve a person from the obligation to comply with any other applicable requirements imposed by a local ordinance or by a statute or regulation of the State of Maine or of the United States.
(1) A seasonal entrance fee is charged at all public access points beginning on the Saturday directly before Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Dues-paying members of Laudholm Trust are admitted free of charge.
(2) The entrance fee is reviewed, established, and approved before the start of the calendar year by the Authority. A schedule of fees is available at the administrative offices of the Reserve


94-335 C.M.R. ch. 1, § 1

The following state regulations pages link to this page.

State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.