Each year, the Conservation Commission organizes a poster contest for students in grades K-12 to promote awareness of our natural resources. Past contests have encouraged students to illustrate their impressions of the woodlands and waterways of the town, and this year’s theme honors traditional and sustainable uses of the land: “Farms, Fishing, and Foraging: Locally Sourced Food in Wells.” We are very lucky to have a thriving lobster industry, bountiful farms, and even fiddleheads, berries, and other natural treasures for those adventurous enough to look.
The Poster Contest Awards Ceremony will be held at Wells Elementary School, at 7:00 on May 28th.
On Sunday, November 10th, the WCC held a Trail Dedication Ceremony in honor of Maurice and Evelyn Fenderson. Maurice “Moe” Fenderson initiated the Land Conservation Program of the Town of Wells in 1985 when he donated fifty acres of undeveloped prime wildlife habitat to the Town. He continued to donate hundreds of acres of land and a right of way on which is based the trail that was dedicated to his memory.
The ceremony, held at the Wells Branch Community Hall, was attended by Fenderson family members and friends, and by WCC members and town officials.
Moe’s Trail, located at the trail head on Horace Mills Road, is a nice hike in any season.
Each spring, the WCC collaborates with art and science teachers in the Wells-Ogunquit Consolidated School District to host a conservation-themed poster contest for students in Grades 1 through 12. The artwork of 68 Wells-Ogunquit students was recognized at the Wells Conservation Commission 14th annual student poster contest awards night. More than 200 people, representing at least three generations, gathered at the ceremony and exhibit of the winning Grades 1-12 posters. This year’s contest theme, “Rivers and Streams of Wells,” was interpreted by each of the student artists. The winning works of art were selected by a panel from more than 400 entries, and were mounted and on display at the school. Local teachers Sandy Brennan, Margaret Burman, Bruce Fearon, and Vanessa White-Capelluti supported their students in creating art for the contest. WES Principal Marianne Horne, teacher Karen Taylor, Sarah Blevins and David Norton helped to coordinate the Wells Elementary School hosting of the event. Contest judges were Rocky Furman, Audrey Grumbling, Carol Simpson, and Michele Stivaletta-Noble. Prizes were provided by Anna and Bill Spiller of Spiller Farm and Big Daddy’s Ice Cream.