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News in Acadia

Maine park buses hit milestone

July 27, 2009, 7:51 am
The Island Explorer bus service in Acadia National Park and surrounding Bar Harbor-area communities will reach a big milestone this week.The free and propane-powered bus will pick up its 3 millionth rider. The Island Explorer will mark the event Monday with a gift basket and recognition for the unsuspecting ...

Acadia Park Cracks Down on Rock Thieves

July 9, 2009, 8:52 am
Bill Weidner, a ranger at Acadia National Park, can spot them immediately: lumbering up from the shoreline, backpacks weighed down by cobblestones; popping out of the woods with bulging pockets or, in egregious cases, tossing slabs of granite into minivans ready to peel away at a second’s notice.They are ...

Storm Causes Road Closures at Acadia

June 23, 2009, 6:57 am
Heavy rains on June 19-20, 2009 damaged some of the park's unpaved roads. Below is an updated list of road and trail closures in Acadia National Park. For current conditions visit the park's Temporary Closures page.Storm Damage ClosuresLurvey Spring Road, Seal Cove Road, and Long Pond Fire Road are ...

First Acadia Night Sky Festival Brightens Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor this September!

May 21, 2009, 8:34 am
A Downeast festival makes its shining debut this fall. The Acadia Night Sky Festival starts on the evening of September 17th, continuing through sunrise on the 21st. Centered on Mount Desert Island, home to the lovely resort village of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the festival celebrates the unparalleled ...

One of Our Top Hikes Was in Acadia National Park, Maine

April 8, 2009, 8:06 am
One of our friends said that everyone should see the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Maine. I have to agree with him. My slideshow is a tour but below is a review on one must do hike.One of the most challenging and beautiful hikes we have every done ...

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads Annual Closure

April 6, 2009, 9:31 am
The carriage road system in Acadia National Park will be closed to all users until the roads thaw sufficiently to allow use without causing damage. The closure began on April 6, 2009, and is expected to last at least two weeks.Spring thawing causes the carriage roads to become soft. ...

Acadia National Park Closes Hiking Trails to Protect Peregrine Falcons

April 1, 2009, 7:29 am
Officials at Acadia National Park have closed hiking trails on and around the Precipice Cliff to protect peregrine falcons that have been showing pre-nesting behavior.The closure of the popular Precipice Trail on the side of Champlain Mountain is expected to last until late July or early August. That's about ...

Unprepared Hikers Keep Rangers Busy at Acadia National Park

January 5, 2009, 9:14 am
About a dozen people braved gusting winds and frigid weather Thursday morning to watch the sun rise on the first day of 2009 from the top of Cadillac Mountain. Most of the people were prepared for the cold, but a few were not, and they kept park rangers busy early ...

Surf, Turf - and Strife

November 17, 2008, 5:56 am
More than an hour's drive from the bustle of Bar Harbor and the well-trodden trails of Mount Desert Island lies a secluded part of Acadia National Park. Here, the loudest sound is the surf as it crashes against the craggy granite rocks of the Schoodic Peninsula. To the north, a ...

Reflections on Government and Nature: Summer and Fall at Acadia National Park

October 16, 2008, 8:59 am
As I peered into the future last spring, I realized that I might match my obligation (and privilege) to write the "Perspectives" column appearing each month at the end of the magazine with my plan to spend a few weeks on the island that is home to Acadia National ...

Crews Rescue Injured Hiker in Acadia National Park

October 7, 2008, 1:41 pm
Park rangers received the call at about 5 p.m. reporting an injured hiker on the West Face Trail that runs from Bubble Pond to the summit of Cadillac. The trail is rugged and steep and can be treacherous, according to Ranger Richard ...

Park budget Is Continued

October 6, 2008, 1:59 pm
As of Tuesday, both the U.S. House and Senate had passed a continuing resolution to fund most federal government agencies from Oct. 1, the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year, through March 5. A continuing resolution allows government agencies to operate at the same levels as in the previous ...

75th Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps

August 29, 2008, 11:47 am
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), designed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal to provide relief from the Great Depression. The CCC employed over two million young men to work in America’s parks and forests, creating and renovating roads, ...

Feds Start Probe into Park Ranger Brutality Claim

August 26, 2008, 11:17 am
The National Park Service has begun its investigation into allegations that a ranger used excessive force last week when dealing with a large party of hikers atop Day Mountain, according to an official with the ...

Hiker in Acadia Says Ranger Assaulted Him

August 20, 2008, 9:54 am
Just by looking at Tim Wild, it’s easy to tell that something happened to him. Wild, a waiter at the Jordan Pond House in this scenic park on Mount Desert Island, has a large purple bruise under his left eye and the left side of his face is swollen. A ...