Environment

  • Park pass art sought

    Park pass art sought

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Artists and photographers are invited to submit digital images of park scenes for possible use on Acadia’s 2018 annual pass. The selected image will appear on thousands of passes purchased by visitors from all over the country. “Having a new image on the annual pass each year will continue the long

  • Help sought helping bats

    Help sought helping bats

    BAR HARBOR — When a young bat tried to hang from a house where vinyl siding was being installed recently, it was accidentally covered in the adhesive used for the siding. The contractor rushed it to Acadia Wildlife Foundation in Town Hill. The animal rehabilitation center is seeking $10,000 to build a flight cage for

  • Carriage road opens, rocks close another

    Carriage road opens, rocks close another

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The carriage road between Jordan Pond House and Wildwood Stables, which had been closed since August for reconstruction of a retaining wall, has reopened. But a section of carriage road west of Day Mountain was closed Wednesday due to a rock slide.

  • Maple leaf blight ugly but harmless

    Maple leaf blight ugly but harmless

    BAR HARBOR — Ah, the lovely maple leaves … with the big, ugly, black blotches. This is a particularly bad year for tar leaf spot fungus, which mainly affects Norway maples. It is a non-native species, unlike the red maple or sugar maple. Norway maples are most common in developed areas. Bar Harbor has an

  • Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    Park seeks wiggle room on boundary

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Acadia wants to be able to make minor adjustments to its boundary without having to get congressional approval. A bill currently inching its way through Congress would validate Acadia’s annexation of 1,441 acres on the Schoodic Peninsula, including the Schoodic Woods Campground, in 2015, but it would prohibit any future expansion

  • Fee-free days set at Acadia

    Fee-free days set at Acadia

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Entrance fees will be waived here on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 30, and again on the Saturday and Sunday of Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, as part of the National Park Service’s annual fee-free program. The waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees.

  • Visitor numbers are up, with an asterisk

    Visitor numbers are up, with an asterisk

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park is on pace to break its all-time annual visitation record of 3.3 million, which was set last year. Through Aug. 31, the visitor count was slightly more than 2.3 million, a four percent increase over the first eight months of last year. But there is a wrinkle. Prior to

  • Pond access preserved

    Pond access preserved

    TREMONT — A donation of land to Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) will ensure continued public access to a boat launch on Seal Cove Pond. Virginia Libhart and her family last month transferred ownership of a one-third-acre waterfront parcel off the Tremont Road at the outlet to the pond to MCHT. “It’s a small piece

  • Hazardous waste disposal day

    Hazardous waste disposal day

    BAR HARBOR — Acadia Disposal District (ADD) is sponsoring its annual household hazardous waste and universal waste disposal day at Mount Desert Island High School on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household hazardous waste includes a number of materials such as oil-based paint and paint remover, waste oil and herbicides and

  • 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