Acadia National Park trails work takes a crew with special skills

When the National Park Service needed people with special masonry skills to replace the steps on the acclaimed North Portico of the White House, the agency picked two top trail builders from Maine’s national park and sent them to Washington to do the work. After all, who better to replace the famed staircase at the White House than two people experienced at building stone steps and repairing historic masonry on the Acadia National Park trails?
With about 155 miles of hiking trails, the Acadia trails crew’s work is never done. From masonry to operating heavy machinery, the job has many facets.

Acadia among 200 federal advisory committees abruptly suspended by Trump Administration

The Trump administration has abruptly suspended the meetings of the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission and that of about 200 other federal advisory committees, as part of a broad Interior Department review of land use and management. That means cancellation of a June 5 Acadia advisory commission meeting at park headquarters to tackle some of […]

For Mother’s Day: Gifts of Acadia National Park and the great outdoors

A new national study commissioned by retailer REI shows women who are active in the great outdoors probably were encouraged by Mom to play outside as young girls, even as many of them say they can’t name an outdoor female role model. Say thanks to Mom on Mother’s Day with gifts of Acadia and the outdoors.

Economic benefits of national parks: $274m from Acadia National Park

A new report on the economic benefits of national parks shows that a record number of visitors to Acadia National Park last year injected about $274 million into the regional economy. The report, released by the National Park Service, documents the powerful financial benefits of national parks during the Centennial celebration of the founding of […]

If not for Earth Day, imagine a silent spring in Acadia National Park

As millions around the world mark Earth Day, imagine what Acadia National Park would be like without the banning of DDT, the Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts, or any of the other changes since that first massive showing of environmental activism in 1970: No peregrine falcons nesting on the Precipice of Champlain Hazy views […]

Signs of spring in Acadia: Return of peregrine falcons, mud season, and soon, rhodora

The Precipice Trail is closed for peregrine falcon nesting, and the carriage roads, off limits for mud season. And as sure as spring follows winter, colorful rhodora and other plants of Acadia will soon be in bloom. For Jill Weber, a consulting botanist for Acadia National Park, the flowers of spring bring a feast for […]