Stories about Acadia National Park

Orange tape marks the spot on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, where part of a roadside embankment along Duck Brook Road in Acadia National park fell away the previous week. Fixing the collapse could cost $52,000. Acadia officials said Wednesday, but the presence of a water main that serves downtown Bar Harbor in the embankment could complicate the project. The road where the collapse occurred is closed indefinitely to vehicular traffic.

Water main complicates Acadia road closure

By Bill Trotter on April 25, 2012, at 3:57 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | Sometimes a retaining wall does more than just keep soil and rocks in place. Along Duck Brook Road in Maine’s only national park, where part of a man-made embankment gave way last week, it also helps to support the road. The section of road where …

Wall falls in Acadia National Park, forces closure of road

on April 18, 2012, at 3:31 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | A retaining wall approximately 10 feet high and 20 feet wide that supports part of the Duck Brook Road in Acadia National Park collapsed on Wednesday, according to Keith Johnston of Acadia National Park. Johnston said the supporting wall fell about 200 yards north of the …
Acadia National Park Ranger Chris Wiebusch, 45, of Franklin, patrolled Sand Beach on Saturday, Feb. 11. Wiebusch said he is living out his dream of working outside. In the winter Acadia drops from 22 patrolling rangers to only seven.

Acadia park ranger lives ‘dream job’ during winter months

By Heather Steeves on Feb. 11, 2012, at 4:27 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Chris Wiebusch’s workdays are often full of ice skating, snowmobiling, hiking, boating or cross-country skiing through Acadia National Park. But on temperate days like Saturday when the sky spits wet, sloppy snow, there aren’t many transportation options for park rangers to choose from aside from driving …
An Island Explorer bus driver waves to a fellow Explorer bus driver as the two pass while traveling in Trenton to the Village Green in Bar Harbor.

Acadia gets $1.3 million for bus system improvements

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 18, 2012, at 7:46 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | With the help of a $1.3 million federal grant, the park is planning to improve bus stop facilities for the free Island Explorer bus system later this year. The $1,324,518 grant will fund construction of and improvements to nine Island Explorer bus stops at park …

In rite of fall, Acadia closes visitor center

The Associated Press on Oct. 30, 2011, at 9:32 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | In an annual rite of fall, Acadia National Park is closing one of its visitor centers and its Sand Beach entrance station as the cold-weather season arrives. Park officials say the Hulls Cove visitor center and the Sand Beach station are closing Monday for the …
People gather a few minutes before 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to see the sun rise. Cadillac Mountain is one of three places in Maine that claim to be where the sun first shines in the United States each day, depending on the time of year.

Where in Maine does the sun rise first?

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 22, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK | For the most part, there’s little doubt about what you can see from the top of Cadillac Mountain on a clear and sunny day. The rounded barren peaks of Mount Desert Island and the surrounding Maine coast ring Cadillac in several directions. Island chains such …

Pennsylvania woman injured in Acadia National Park

By Kevin Miller on Sept. 25, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Pennsylvania woman suffered a serious leg injury Sunday morning from a fall at Acadia National Park. The 70-year-old woman, whose name was not available Sunday evening, apparently fell on the rocks at Thunder Hole at around 10 a.m. Park rangers responding to the call found that …
Friends of Acadia volunteers Becky Heden (left) of Bar Harbor and Freehold, N.J., and Kathleen Campbell of Leesburg, Fla., watch as another volunteer dumps a load of gravel into a honeycomb-like web that will be the foundation of a new connector
trail between Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. About 40 people helped build the trail Saturday, Sept., 24, 2011.

New trail links Bar Harbor, Acadia

By Kevin Miller on Sept. 24, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
Hotel guests as well as locals living near the College of the Atlantic campus will soon have a new way to access Acadia National Park’s hiking and biking trails located close to downtown Bar Harbor. On Saturday morning, about 40 volunteers, park staff and representatives of …

Stanley Brook Bridge in Mount Desert to close for 35 days

on Sept. 13, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
Motorists traveling to Acadia National Park need to be aware that a bridge on Stanley Brook Road in Seal Harbor will be closed for about 35 days beginning on Monday, Sept. 19. During that time crews with the Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the …

Island Explorer recognizes 4 millionth rider

The Associated Press on Aug. 20, 2011, at 9:28 a.m.
BAR HARBOR | A New Jersey family received the distinction of having the 4 millionth passenger to use the Island Explorer bus that serves Acadia National Park. While getting off the bus Friday at the park’s Sand Beach, the Sherlock family of Cherry Hill, N.J., learned they were the …

US Interior secretary to visit UMaine

The Associated Press on Aug. 12, 2011, at 3 p.m.
PORTLAND | U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is coming to Maine to see work being done at the University of Maine at Orono to develop offshore wind energy technology. Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that Salazar will visit the university’s Advance Structures and Composites Center on Aug. 18. The …

LePage won’t take sides on Quimby’s national park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 10, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is watching the debate over Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to turn 70,000 acres adjacent to Baxter State Park into a national park, but has no plans to stake out a position immediately, Conservation Commissioner William Beardsley said Wednesday. “I think he feels that the dialogue …

Medway panel pushes for national park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:38 p.m.
Several town officials have formed a committee that will work in tandem with environmentalist and entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby to push Congress to authorize a feasibility study of her plan to turn 70,000 acres adjoining Baxter State Park into a national park, they said Wednesday. The committee, co-chairman …
Bailey, an 8-month-old puppy who was stranded for up to four days on a ledge in Acadia National Park, was rescued Friday, July 29, 2011 by several park rangers including (from left to right) Ranger Ed Pontbriand, Ranger Jed Fiske, Ranger Heidi Greenleaf and Ranger Jacob Poley.

Rescued puppy on MDI ‘as happy as a dog could be’

By Kevin Miller on July 29, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An 8-month-old puppy stranded for up to four days on a ledge in Acadia National Park is back with her family thanks to several park rangers determined to find an elusive dog heard crying in the woods. Bailey, a young and energetic black Lab, apparently wandered away …

East Millinocket school leaders deadlock on park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2011, at 9:20 p.m.
The school committee will take no position on having a feasibility study done on environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000-acre national park next to Baxter State Park, but not willingly. With very little discussion, committee members voted 2-2 on whether to support a feasibility …

East Millinocket school board weighs plan for national park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 25, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
The school committee will be the next Katahdin region governmental body to consider whether to support a study of the feasibility of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s idea of siting a national park next to Baxter State Park, Superintendent Quenten Clark said Monday. The committee will meet at …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Quimby, a conservationist and founder of Burt's Bees, is hoping to develop a Maine Woods National Park in the region and cites the economic success of communities in Colorado and Alaska as incentive for Millinocket residents to embrace the idea of reinventing itself as a national park gateway communitiy.

Snowe, Collins skeptical of Quimby’s park proposal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 19, 2011, at 3:09 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as part of her potential legacy and hopes to make a gift of 70,000 acres for a park to the federal government in 2016. But the millionaire co-founder of Burt’s Bees and noted environmentalist said during a meeting at Stearns High …
Ali Abdujabrar (second from left) of Massachusetts takes a photo of friend Aadil Ahmed (far left) of Connecticut as they join other friends and family atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National park on Saturday afternoon. They joined thousands of other out-of-state tourists visiting Bar Harbor and other Maine spots over Memorial Day weekend. This was their first visit to Maine, they said.

Springtime visits to national parks plunge; Acadia official blames wet weather

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers on July 06, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Go ahead, blame harsh weather or high gas prices for a marked reduction in visits to Yosemite and other national parks so far this year. The summer droves, though, are returning. In other words, the time to really beat the crowds may have passed. At traditionally popular parks …
Hampden residents Darby Ricker, left, and Cory Ricker play on a massive rock that sits to the left side of Hunter's Beach.

Favorite Places in Maine: Hunter’s Beach

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 06, 2011, at 12:22 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND | Where Hunters Brook empties into the Atlantic Ocean offers a quintessential picture of what this coastal island is all about — beautiful views of the sea and a pebble beach that seems to call you with music created by waves that roll the small, smooth …

Acadia National Park plans expansion on MDI

By Bill Trotter on June 18, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine —- With the help of some nonprofit organizations, the park is planning to grow on Mount Desert Island by more than 50 acres, according to a park official. There are two parcels that total 56 acres that the park plans to acquire, Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele …