Environment

  • Wild Gardens recovering from ice damage

    Wild Gardens recovering from ice damage

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The unusual cycle of heavy rains and hard freezes this past winter, which created a frozen flood in the Great Meadow area, did only minor damage to the Nature Center and other buildings at Sieur de Monts Spring but took a toll on the Wild Gardens of Acadia. “We reacted pretty

  • Unwanted guests are forum topic

    Unwanted guests are forum topic

    MOUNT DESERT — If you’re planning a garden party on Mount Desert Island, make sure the guest list doesn’t include red pine scale, glossy buckthorn or milfoil. Those are among the invasive species that will be discussed at a public forum at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor next Saturday, June 16, from 1-3 p.m. “We

  • Falcons hatch, nests fail, bridge destroyed

    Falcons hatch, nests fail, bridge destroyed

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — At least three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched this spring at Valley Cove, but the adult pair that frequently builds a nest at the Precipice was unsuccessful this year, and that might also be the case at Jordan Cliffs, according to Bruce Connery, the park’s wildlife biologist. “We will be doing

  • Invasive species forum set

    MOUNT DESERT — A forum on invasive species will take place at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on Saturday, June 16, from 1-3 p.m. The keynote speaker is Colleen Teerling, a Maine Forest Service entomologist. Area land managers will give local examples of invasive terrestrial species. An aquatic invaders monitoring program will be discussed, and

  • Unpaved park roads opening late

    Unpaved park roads opening late

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Some of the unpaved roads in the park will open to motor vehicles later than usual this year, and one of them, Lurvey Spring Road, might not open at all because of damage caused by harsh winter weather conditions. That road, along with Seal Cove Road and Western Mountain Road, has

  • Solar array planned for Southwest Harbor

    Solar array planned for Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A solar array is planned for the rooftop of the new public works building and existing salt shed on Seal Cove road, as Southwest Harbor joins other Mount Desert Island towns working with ReVision energy to produce some of the electricity it uses. The Board of Selectmen voted last week to enter

  • Carriage roads open again

    Carriage roads open again

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park’s carriage roads reopened Friday, April 27. Following the spring thaw and heavy rains of the past several weeks, the roads have dried out enough that foot and bicycle traffic isn’t likely to cause serious damage to the roads. However, park officials urge caution when using the carriage roads because

  • Campgrounds get upgrades

    Campgrounds get upgrades

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — There is a new water tank at Blackwoods Campground and a like-new entry station at Seawall Campground. With a capacity of 47,000 gallons, the new water tank is larger than the one it replaced, which had been “failing slowly over the years, losing water and having lots of small-scale fixes,” said