Park open during shutdown, but no services

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park will be accessible to visitors during the current partial shutdown of the federal government, but the National Park Service will provide no visitor information or other visitor services.

The park’s restrooms will be closed and there will be no trash collection.

Law enforcement rangers, who are among the few park employees who are not furloughed during the shutdown, will be patrolling the park as part of their normal duties. Following previous government shutdowns, Congress has voted to pay furloughed employees for the time they were off the job, but there is no requirement to do so.

Sections of the Park Loop Road that are normally open this time of year — Ocean Drive. Sieur de Monts and access to the Jordan Pond area — will remain open. However, hazardous conditions may cause them to be closed to vehicles. Parking lots that are normally open in the winter will remain open but will not be plowed in the event of snow.

The Schoodic Loop will remain open and plowed to allow access to employee housing.

Acadia’s carriage roads will remain open, but they will not be groomed for skiing. Snow groomers are Friends of Acadia volunteers, and volunteer services cannot continue during the shutdown.

“All through the year, park staff are at work preserving and protecting park resources, and Friends of Acadia hates to see these professionals sidelined by a shutdown, knowing that Acadia is already under-funded and under-staffed,” said David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia.

“FOA wants to express its support for all park employees during this frustrating time, and we hope to see them back on the job soon.”

No new camping permits for Blackwoods Campground will be issued during the government shutdown.

The Acadia Annual Pass December sale will continue through the various local town offices and chambers of commerce until the end of the month or while supplies last.

Emergency information will be posted to Acadia National Park Facebook account during the shutdown, but the account may not be monitored.

The Facebook accounts of the park’s partners such as Friends of Acadia, Schoodic Institute and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce also may contain information relevant to Acadia.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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