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In an era of declining public funding, volatile financial markets, and growing social needs, conservationists will be challenged in the coming years to create and maintain an adequate network of important landscapes across the country. To help communities in southern Maine meet this challenge, Jay Espy, executive director of the Sewall Foundation, will present "Effective Practices in Funding Land Conservation for Impact" on Wednesday, February 8, from 5 to 7:30 pm in Mather Auditorium at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call Annie Cox at 207-646-1555 ext 157 or email acox@wellsnerr.org.

Espy will discuss some exciting and creative new approaches to land conservation. He and recent Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies graduate Gina Schrader have made a study of the changing face of conservation, as well as trends in philanthropic funding for conservation.

Espy will share stories from Maine to illustrate their findings.

Jay Espy is executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, a grant-making foundation focused on animal welfare, the environment, and human well-being primarily within Maine. For the past year, he has been a Kingsbury Browne Fellow with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Prior to joining the Sewall Foundation in 2008, he served for two decades as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, where he oversaw conservation efforts all along Maine's coast. He was pivotal in establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout the state. He also led the Campaign for the Coast, raising more than $100 million for conservation and doubling the amount of protected land on Maine's coast and islands. Espy is a former Board Chair of the national Land Trust Alliance and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Land Trust Alliance. He holds an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a 2,250-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wells Reserve's goal is to protect and restore coastal ecosystems around the Gulf of Maine. Staff and volunteers expand knowledge about coasts and estuaries, engage people in environmental learning, and involve communities in conserving natural resources.

The work of the Wells Reserve and the care of its historic site are made possible by Laudholm Trust. Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1982, member-supported Laudholm Trust provides vital monetary and in-kind support to the Wells Reserve. This local support enables the Wells Reserve to receive additional funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is located on Laudholm Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 1 near the Wells-Kennebunk line.


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