Environment

  • 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

  • Sign makers honored

    Sign makers honored

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park’s Sign Shop volunteers have been honored by the National Park Service with a George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Service. The volunteers received the award for the NPS’s Northeast Region in the “group” category. For the past 20 years, volunteers have carved wooden signs for the park’s carriage

  • Annual roadside cleanup with Friends of Acadia

    Annual roadside cleanup with Friends of Acadia

    BAR HARBOR — Registration for the 19th Annual Friends of Acadia Roadside Cleanup is now open. This year’s cleanup is on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Family, friends, neighbors and coworkers will join forces to collect a winter’s worth of trash and debris from roadsides on Mount Desert Island and Trenton to help beautify

  • Sizable oil spill occurs in Southwest Harbor

    Sizable oil spill occurs in Southwest Harbor

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Darian Higgins, a responder with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, arrived at a residence on Clark Point Road the afternoon of Feb. 26 to inspect what looked like slight oil staining in the driveway. The fire department had contacted the DEP earlier that day to report the smudge, thinking it might have

  • Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    Climate work called ‘dream come true’

    BAR HARBOR — “If you have a willing, engaged partner in the community, it makes a crazy amount of difference,” Josh Castonguay of Vermont-based Green Mountain Power told a group of about 250 at Mount Desert Island High School Sunday. “I hope folks here understand that this [event] is a huge deal.” Power companies and

  • NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    NOAA sued to limit lobster fishery

    ELLSWORTH – Last year, at least 17 endangered North Atlantic right whales died in Canadian waters and off the coast of New England. Some of those deaths were attributed to the whales’ entanglement with fishing gear. On Thursday, three conservation organizations sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service in the federal