Last winter's frozen flood in the Great Meadow. Brian Henkel will discuss how changing rainfall patterns and past manipulations to the landscape are impacting the area May 2 at the Jesup. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN HENKEL

Henkel to discuss human impacts on the Great Meadow

BAR HARBOR — Brian Henkel, Project Coordinator for Wild Acadia, will speak on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library. Henkel will discuss the Great Meadow in Acadia National Park, and how changing rainfall patterns and past manipulations to the landscape have created more frequent flooding and other problems.

The Wild Acadia initiative is a partnership between Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park that looks closely at how to improve the Great Meadow “while recognizing that more change, both through human intervention and through natural means, is coming to the area,” a statement from the group said.

Henkel will touch on how the initiative decides when to resist these changes, when to allow the changes to happen and when to direct changes. He will also lead a discussion about what should be done to the Great Meadow to protect it in the future.

The Wild Acadia initiative works collaboratively with stakeholders such as university faculty members and students, local towns and conservation nonprofits. The initiative collects data, assesses conditions and coordinates efforts to improve ecological integrity, increase resilience and maintain cultural authenticity.

Henkel is a civil engineer and hydrologist who has worked in the fields of groundwater and surface water hydrology for more than 15 years.

Contact 288-4245 or [email protected]

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