(A) Reserve regulations are superseded by US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
(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
(2) "Daylight Hours"
means the hours between 7 a.m. and Sunset.
(3) "Group" means any assemblage of people
larger than nine people.
"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).
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
(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
Sanctuary" means specific lands designated by the State of Maine to protect
animals and plants as outlined in Maine law
(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
PUBLIC ENTRY AND ACCESS
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
shall trespass, including but not limited to entering, occupying, using, or
being in the Wells Reserve except as specifically authorized in these
(a) Pedestrian access is limited
to daylight hours and established trails. Entrance fees will be assessed as
described in §1. I (1).
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.
Whenever public access, use, or activity
previously permitted is curtailed, the Public may be notified by any of the
(a) official signs posted
conspicuously at appropriate intervals;
(b) special regulations posted and available
in the Reserve's Visitor Center
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.
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.
following activities require permits:
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
A permit may be
terminated or revoked at any time for:
non-compliance with the terms thereof or of these regulations;
(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.
PROHIBITED ACTS AND
Taking or introducing
natural objects, harassing wildlife, starting fires, walking off designated
trails, bike riding on trails, littering, camping
No person may remove any animal, plant,
rock, mineral, or other natural object from within the Wells Reserve with the
(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.
plant or animal or their parts may be introduced or released into the Wells
Reserve except native species under special permit from the Executive
(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
(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.
No person shall release helium-filled balloons within the Wells
(k) No person shall Open
Carry firearms within the Wells Reserve.
(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
(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
(d) All persons shall
obey the lawful order or signal of any authorized official directing,
controlling, or regulating the movement of traffic.
With the exception of service animals, domestic pets are
prohibited from the Wells Reserve.
(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.
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
(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.
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