Stories about Acadia National Park

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a graduate student at Boston University, jots down notes Wednesday while checking on one of three raised garden beds she has built to study plant life in Acadia National Park. Researchers and park officials believe climate change is affecting the profile of plant species found in the park.

Scientists: Climate change pushing shift in Acadia vegetation

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Out with the orchids, in with the deadly nightshade. The profile of plants found in Acadia National Park has been shifting over the past century, with some species declining and others on the rise, and researchers believe climate change is mainly to blame. Some of …
Hikers walk along a causeway on the Park Loop Road that crosses Otter Cove in Acadia National Park.

New connecting trail opens in Acadia on National Trails Day

By Bill Trotter on June 07, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A new trail connecting a park campground in Otter Creek to hiking trails on the south slope of Gorham Mountain had its ceremonial opening Saturday morning. The premiere of the new Quarry Trail, part of which runs along the causeway where the Park Loop Road …

Belfast rail trail gaining steam after federal OK to pull up tracks

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
City officials are excited to be finally gaining ground on a long-planned rail trail that will start at the downtown waterfront and extend for about two miles along the Passagassawakeag River. In May, the federal Surface Transportation Board approved Belfast’s request to “rail bank” the two miles …
The Echo Lake bus stop is one of nine in Acadia National Park that will be improved for this season.

Acadia National Park undergoing $2 million in upgrades

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 22, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
Visitors to Acadia National Park may notice less roadway and parking lot congestion, among other improvements, thanks to recent construction projects costing a total of $2 million. “We’re trying to make [the park] better for visitors in general,” said Clay Gilley, facility manager at the famous park, located on Mount …
Acadia National Park rangers and members of Mount Desert Island Search & Rescue carry a Brownville man down Canon Brook Trail after the man slipped and fell 40 feet over a waterfall while hiking on the trail on Saturday.

Brownville man injured in tumble over Acadia waterfall

By Bill Trotter on June 30, 2013, at 6:03 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A Brownville man was taken to a Bar Harbor hospital Saturday after he fell over a waterfall while hiking up a steep section of trail on Cadillac Mountain, according to an Acadia park ranger. The 44-year-old man was hiking up Canon Brook Trail with two …
A bicyclist takes advantage of sunny weather on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, to pedal down the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.

Though Acadia National Park’s opening delayed by sequester, cyclists encouraged to visit while roads restricted

By Bill Trotter on April 20, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
The local business community is not thrilled about the federal budget-related delay in opening Acadia National Park’s seasonal facilities, but at least one group is expected to benefit by not having cars on the park’s paved roads, according to officials: road cyclists. Most of Acadia’s …
Rangers with Acadia National Park are trying to find out who recently cut trees and limbs at the South Wall climbing area on Champlain Mountain.

Acadia National Park rangers seek person who illegally cut trees

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2013, at 1:59 p.m.
Somebody took it upon themselves to clear some vegetation near a popular climbing spot on Champlain Mountain and park rangers are trying to find out who. Doing anything to change the landscape in Acadia National Park, without approval from park officials, violates federal law. According …
LifeFlight helicopter from Bangor lands on Cadillac Mountain on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, 2013 to rescue a 19-year-old woman who wasn'’t dressed for the conditions while attempting to hike to the top of the mountain to see the sun rise.

Park rangers rescue 19-year-old Florida hiker from atop Cadillac

By Aimee Thibodeau, BDN Staff on Jan. 01, 2013, at 11:41 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A 19-year-old woman who wasn’t dressed for the conditions had to be rescued Tuesday morning from Cadillac Mountain. Supervisory Park Ranger Richard Rechholtz said the 911 call came in around 7:30 a.m. that a woman was “kind of conscious, not alert and had some heart …

Acadia rangers rescue hiker on Thanksgiving

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 26, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A hiker on Cadillac Mountain ended up with something unexpected to be thankful for last week after rangers helped her down the mountain, according to park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said Monday that the woman, who is 52 years old and from the Mount Desert …

Acadia campground reopens

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 31, 2012, at 1:51 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Blackwoods Campground, a year-round camping facility located in the park near Otter Cove, has reopened now that the worst of a severe fall storm has blown through the state. The campground was closed Monday in anticipation of high winds generated by Hurricane Sandy, which blew …

COA students resuscitate instructor in Acadia

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 19, 2012, at 3:32 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A field trip Thursday into the park for College of the Atlantic students studying natural history turned into a refresher course on CPR when the class instructor suddenly took ill, according to rangers. Scott Swann, 53, lecturer at COA, had taken a group of about …

3 Acadia hikers injured in falls on same day

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 10, 2012, at 5:47 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Three people sustained head injuries in two separate incidents Monday morning in the park, adding to a busy summer of hiking related injuries in Acadia this year, according to park officials. A 65-year-old man from Texas was at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse around 10 a.m. …
After this Newfoundland collapsed from heat exhaustion Saturday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2012, while hiking an Acadia National Park mountain trail with his Canadian owners, this team of 10 rescuers carried Oolum down the mountain and transported him to a Bar Harbor vet clinic.

Dog suffers heat stroke, has to be rescued while hiking in Acadia with Canadian owners

By Tom Walsh on Aug. 05, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | The proverbial dog days of summer arrived at Acadia National Park this weekend. Just ask Oolum, a 100-pound-plus, long-haired Newfoundland who had to be rescued Saturday afternoon from 90-degree heat while hiking with his Canadian owners on the north ridge of Dorr Mountain. A team of …

Acadia urges carriage road bike safety

By Mario Moretto on July 18, 2012, at 6:19 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Park rangers are urging bicyclists to use caution on the park’s series of carriage roads after a couple minor bike accidents earlier this week. “The carriage roads are great, but they’re gravel and have sliding surfaces,” Supervisory Ranger Edward Pontbriand said Wednesday. “Some kids are …

Hiker injured on Dorr Mountain

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A French man was injured Sunday while hiking along a trail with a view of Frenchman Bay, according to a park ranger. The 40-year-old man was hiking up the Kurt Diedrich’s Trail toward the summit of Dorr Mountain when he slipped, Ranger Richard Rechholtz said …

Lightning strike hits couple in tent at Acadia

By Tom Groening on July 01, 2012, at 3 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | A lightning strike Friday night at Blackwoods Campground injured a couple sleeping in a tent. Richard Rechholtz, a park ranger supervisor, said Sunday that the storm produced lightning that struck a vehicle at the campground. The electrical current “somehow transferred to the tent” the couple …

Wet weather blamed for injuries in Acadia National Park

By Bill Trotter on June 29, 2012, at 4:52 p.m.
Wet weather is responsible for some incidents this week in Acadia National Park in which hikers have slipped and injured themselves, according to a park official. Park rangers and other emergency response personnel have come to the assistance of four hikers in the past three …
Acadia Park officials are currently monitoring three falcon chicks learning to fly in that area.

Acadia trails reopened after loon, peregrine falcon nesting efforts fail

on June 22, 2012, at 8:12 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND | Trails and sections of Acadia National Park that had been closed off to the public because of nesting loons and peregrine falcons have been reopened, park officials announced Friday. The reopened areas include a section of Hadlock Trail and Valley Cove Trail. Closures at Beech …

Old Town teacher one of 18 in nation to win Presidential Innovation Award

By Nick McCrea on June 04, 2012, at 9:21 p.m.
An Old Town High School teacher is one of 18 in the nation to receive the 2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Ed Lindsey, who teaches ninth-grade earth science and 11th- and 12th-grade chemistry courses, credited the award to his work on a project that …

Acadia rangers help injured climber, possibly suicidal man

By Bill Trotter on June 01, 2012, at 11:36 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | An injured rock climber, a suicidal subject and an apparent theft attempt from a motor vehicle kept rangers pretty busy on Thursday. All incidents ended relatively well, however, Ranger Ed Pontbriand said Friday morning. Aside from a broken car window, the only damage rangers had …