Environment

  • 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

  • Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    Lighthouse costs may tilt decision

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Dexter Lee, Swans Island’s representative on the Acadia Advisory Commission, has urged park officials to look very hard at the cost of maintaining the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse before accepting the U.S. Coast Guard’s offer to give it to the park. Lee said at the Advisory Commission meeting on Monday that,

  • Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    Park defends ban on e-bikes, describing ‘slippery slope’

    ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials defended the ban on the use of electric bicycles on Acadia’s carriage roads at Monday’s meeting of the park’s Advisory Commission. The policy has been criticized by some who say “e-bikes” are used primarily by older people and others who need a little extra boost going up hills and