WASHINGTON, D.C — With the president’s signature on Tuesday, the package of federal lands bills that includes the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act has become law.
The act validates the National Park Service’s 2015 expansion of the park’s boundary to include 1,441 acres of donated land on the Schoodic Peninsula. A large portion of that land is now the Schoodic Woods Campground and Trails. \
The act also permits the harvesting of clams and worms within Acadia’s intertidal zone. And it permanently reauthorizes the Acadia Advisory Commission, the citizens’ panel that serves as a liaison between park officials and its neighboring communities.
Stephanie Clement, conservation director at Friends of Acadia, said the new law includes “several key provisions benefitting Acadia National Park and was a major bipartisan win for our public lands.
“The act permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is available to national parks, states and communities to acquire and preserve lands for wildlife habitat and recreation.”