Acadia Centennial

  • Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100

    Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100 video

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – The beat of ancient drums and a chorus of nearly 100 people singing “America the Beautiful” helped celebrate the centennial of the park in a “Gift of Acadia” event at Jordan Pond House here on Saturday, Aug. 27. With a bald eagle soaring overhead, kayakers paddling in the distance and hikers

  • Precipice trail re-opens; Valley Cove remains closed

    Precipice trail re-opens; Valley Cove remains closed

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – If they could, the eleven newly fledged peregrine falcons who were born in nesting areas at the Precipice, Valley Cove, and Jordan cliffs would squawk, “thank you!” As of July 29, the National Park Service (NPS) has determined the fledged chicks are independent of the cliffs and the parents and it’s safe

  • Historical landscape shaped by mountain of ice

    Historical landscape shaped by mountain of ice

    With tall mountains surrounded by the ocean, Mount Desert Island would have been pretty spectacular even if the last ice age had never occurred. But that was the clincher. Starting roughly 30,000 years ago, a glacier up to half a mile thick began creeping from north to south across the island. As it moved, it

  • Millions of visitors = millions of dollars

    Millions of visitors = millions of dollars

    It doesn’t take an MBA to see that the local economy is driven largely by visitors to Acadia National Park. A quick drive through downtown Bar Harbor, with its many restaurants, gift shops, galleries and hotels, would be enough for even the most skeptical to draw that conclusion. And that doesn’t take into account other

  • Parks Service also marks 100th year

    Parks Service also marks 100th year

    Acadia National Park is not alone in celebrating its centennial this year. The entire National Park Service is also 100-years young. The parks are, in the words of environmentalist and writer Wallace Stegner, as immortalized in the title of the seminal Ken Burns documentary on public television, “the best idea we ever had.” He continued

  • The Isle of Mt. Deserted

    The Isle of Mt. Deserted

    It was on July 4, 1920, after the evacuation of Bar Harbor by its summer residents, that I determined to revisit the scenes of my youth and observe what changes, if any, time had wrought there.

  • Gifts fund Acadia’s Trails Forever

    In July 1999, then-Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt announced a second public-private partnership, one he called a landmark initiative – a $13 million project to restore and reopen hiking trails in Acadia National Park. Like the carriage roads, many of these had not been well maintained because of a lack of funds and staff.

  • Titans joined forces to create beloved park

    Titans joined forces to create beloved park

    Charles W. Eliot The long-time President of Harvard University Charles W. Eliot converted his grief over the death of his son, Charles Jr. who reveled in Mount Desert Island’s natural history as the founder of the Champlain Society, into a plan to conserve these shores, lakes and mountains for all. A summer resident of Northeast

  • Thou Shall Not! The 10 Commandments of Acadia

    Thou Shall Not! The 10 Commandments of Acadia

    Those visiting Acadia National Park, especially for the first time, are often given a list of suggested “must dos.” Hiking, bicycling, watching the sunrise/sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain and visits to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond are often high on the list. But neophyte visitors also should be aware of an

  • Search and rescue team vital to visitor safety

    Search and rescue team vital to visitor safety

    The Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue (MDISAR) team, which assists park rangers during wilderness emergencies in Acadia, is one of 15 similar volunteer groups in the state. Volunteers come from all walks of life, current MDISAR Vice President Al Simons said. “I’m a software engineer; we have medical doctors, current and former park rangers,