Category Archives: News

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 […]

Fragile Cadillac ecology focus of protection efforts by alpine group, others

Cadillac is tough as granite, yet the alpine zone of Acadia National Park’s tallest mountain is fragile as eggshells. With the approximately 3 million visitors a year to the park, and Acadia’s highest peak a must-see stop, it’s a constant battle to protect the bald summit and ridge, and the special Cadillac ecology. One recent […]

Message to the future in Acadia time capsule, for the year 2116

If you celebrated the Acadia Centennial, you won’t be there for the opening of the Acadia time capsule in the year 2116. But you can hand down the generations the story of how you marked the 100th, and how there may be evidence of it in a special steel box in the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust lobby. Livestream of time capsule installation Feb. 3 at 1:30 pm.

Trump hiring freeze hits Acadia; climate change exhibit OK – for now

Amid reports of the Trump administration clamping down on federal climate change efforts and the National Park Service Twitter account, Acadia National Park says its climate change exhibit and social media haven’t been affected – yet. Local band of park supporters carve “RESIST” in Sand Beach at low tide.

On eve of MLK Day, Obama calls for diversity in Acadia, other parks

On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, in one of his last official acts, President Barack Obama directed the Department of the Interior and other top agencies to hire a more diverse workforce, and attract broader segments of the US population to federal public lands. Obama issued the edict in the form of […]

Acadia year in review: Top news and blog posts, and 2017 ideas and resolutions

Without a doubt, the top news for Acadia National Park in 2016 was the Acadia Centennial, not only as celebration and time to reflect on past and future, but also as a big draw, helping to push visitation over 3.2 million, the highest since 1990. This Acadia year in review rounds up some of the […]

It’s a good thing: Martha Stewart to give $1M for Acadia National Park

Like any other fan of Acadia during the Centennial year, Martha Stewart hiked the trails, climbing the Beehive and exploring Great Head. Now, as the Centennial year nears an end, to show her appreciation for the park and invite others to show theirs, she has made a $1 million challenge grant to benefit Acadia.

Photographer’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ to grace 2017 Acadia National Park pass

It was foggy, drizzly and raw in early December, not the best weather for being outside. But to John Kaznecki, it turned out to be a near-perfect day for a photo of Acadia National Park. A self-taught photographer, Kaznecki said he attempts to capture with his lens what others might miss in Acadia. And now […]

Acadia Centennial helps draw record 3.2 million visitors to park so far in 2016

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The Acadia Centennial has helped attract more than 3.2 million visitors so far to the national park this year, capped by record attendance for October. An eye-popping 412,416 people visited during October, up 19.8 percent from last year’s monthly record of 344,362, according to statistics from the National Park Service. Through October, visitors during the […]

‘Hiking Acadia National Park’ wins National Outdoor Book Award

Joining the ranks of such classic books as the “AMC White Mountain Guide” and “Walden,” the 3rd edition of “Hiking Acadia National Park” has just won the National Outdoor Book Award, considered the “outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program.” In describing the guidebook to hiking Acadia, “a place that inspires and regenerates the soul,” the […]