Environment

  • Climate group matching gift

    BAR HARBOR — A five-year, $25,000 challenge gift pledge has been made to A Climate to Thrive by a local couple who grew up on Mount Desert Island. The gift is the largest in the organization’s 18-month history. “We enthusiastically support the mission of ACTT and envision its expansion to communities across the state and

  • Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Dexter Lee, Swans Island’s representative on the Acadia Advisory Commission, has urged park officials to look very hard at the cost of maintaining the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse before accepting the U.S. Coast Guard’s offer to give it to the park. Lee said at the Advisory Commission meeting on Monday that,

  • Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials defended the ban on the use of electric bicycles on Acadia’s carriage roads at Monday’s meeting of the park’s Advisory Commission. The policy has been criticized by some who say “e-bikes” are used primarily by older people and others who need a little extra boost going up hills and

  • Acadia advisory panel to meet

    Acadia advisory panel to meet

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Acadia Advisory Commission will meet in Moore Auditorium at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in the Schoodic section of the park on Monday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will include an opportunity for public comment on matters related to the management

  • Plant paddle set

    Plant paddle set

    MOUNT DESERT — Paddlers will learn how to identify and combat invasive aquatic species at Invasive Plant Patrol training at the Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary and on Somes Pond on Saturday, Sept. 9. The guided expedition, set for 9 a.m. to noon, will match novices with experienced volunteers. Participants will learn how to use field guide

  • Citizen scientists turn data into action

    Citizen scientists turn data into action

    BAR HARBOR — MDI Biological Laboratory Education Director Jane E. Disney and systems developer Duncan Bailey will talk about the trend toward citizen science at an MDI Science Café in the Kinne Library on the laboratory’s Bar Harbor campus on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. In the presentation, entitled “Knowledge to Action: The New

  • Park service honors Stellpflug, Wiebusch

    Park service honors Stellpflug, Wiebusch

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Two park employees were honored earlier this summer by the National Park Service (NPS) for outstanding achievements in protecting natural resources and promoting the safety of park staff. Trails Foreman Gary Stellpflug received the NPS Director’s Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship. Park Ranger Christopher Wiebusch received the Safety

  • Insects killing pines

    Insects killing pines

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Dead, dying or ultimately doomed is the condition of many if not all of the red pine trees in and around the park. But the good news is that there are relatively few stands of red pines on Mount Desert Island. The trees are under attack from a tiny, nearly microscopic-size

  • Rangers bridge language gaps

    Rangers bridge language gaps

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — “Bonjour. Parlez-vous Francais?” It’s not uncommon for rangers at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and elsewhere in the park to be asked that. Fortunately, some of them can answer, “Oui.” “We sometimes have a lot of visitors from Canada who really benefit from French-speaking interpreters because they don’t all speak English,”

  • Acadia’s Dominy back after stint in Montana

    Acadia’s Dominy back after stint in Montana

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Lynne Dominy, chief of interpretation and education here, recently returned from a four-month assignment as acting superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. “It was a privilege to go there and have that opportunity,” she said. “It’s nice to be in a decision-making situation, but it’s even better to