Bates Cairns, like this one on the north ridge of Champlain Mountain, are sometimes interfered with. Boy Scouts will raise awareness of these important and historic markers at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Jan. 23. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Scouts raise profile of Bates Cairns

SOUTHWEST HARBOR —Isaac Higgins, life scout with Bar Harbor Troop 89, and his fellow Boy Scouts will have a presentation table at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise awareness of the need to respect Bates Cairns in Acadia National Park.

Anyone who has hiked in the park has seen that trails often are marked with a small pile of rocks. These rocks are an important part of the trail system. Bates Cairns are historic safety markers that are being destroyed and interfered with (moved, changed). When the Bates Cairns are not easily visible or have been altered, hikers can get lost, leave the trails, trample the vegetation and hurt themselves and/or wildlife habitats.

Call the library at 244-7065.

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