Special use permit meeting is planned

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend an information meeting about special use permits on Monday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the training room at park headquarters, which is located off Eagle Lake Road (Route 233) in Bar Harbor.

A special park use is defined as an activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization – rather than the public at large – and requires some degree of management control from the NPS to protect park resources and the public interest.

The park has been holding a series of meetings after an incident this past summer where a group of runners who organized a jog up Cadillac on Facebook was cited for not having a permit. That charge was later dropped by prosecutors.

The NPS encourages special park uses that accomplish any or all of the following: support the mission of the NPS, add to the public understanding and enjoyment of the park, promote a sense of ownership and stewardship for the park and its resources, enhance the protection of park resources and values, and provide for an increased level of visitor safety.

“Please join us for a presentation and question-and-answer session about the purpose of special use permits and when they are required,” park spokesman John Kelly said.

Contact Stuart West, chief ranger, at 288-8770 or [email protected]

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