On patrol with stewards of Acadia National Park’s stone cairns and summits

One in a series on Acadia’s Bates cairns Within minutes of stepping onto the popular Cadillac South Ridge Trail, Tim Henderson spots a couple of Acadia stone cairns vandalized by passersby. “These two cairns are usually broken, destroyed, knocked over or piled up with stones, because it is easy access,” said Henderson, one of an army of […]

Traffic triggers closures of Cadillac Mountain summit road

Acadia National Park temporarily closed the road to the Cadillac Mountain summit to incoming vehicles seven different times on Sunday and Monday, underscoring the need for a comprehensive transportation plan at the park, according to a park official. Because of traffic congestion during the busy July 4 weekend, even a quieter side of the park […]

Acadia National Park committee suspension lifted by Interior Secretary

The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission is planning to resume meetings, following a sudden suspension of their meetings by the Trump administration in May. Ryan Zinke, the secretary of interior, had suspended the meetings of the Acadia commission and more than 200 other federal advisory committees to give his department time to review the “charter […]

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.