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Defending Acadia Against Industrial-Scale Aquaculture

Friends of Acadia recently authored an opinion piece titled: Defending Acadia Against Industrial-Scale Aquaculture published in the Maine Sunday Telegram. The piece expressed concerns about the 60-acre salmon farms that American Aquafarms has proposed near Long Porcupine Island and Bald Rock in Frenchman Bay… Read more >

Exceptional Rainstorm Heavily Damages Carriage Roads

The storm early on June 9 dumped about 5 inches of rain on the park in the space of a few hours, and washed out 10 miles of the popular 45-mile carriage road system. It could take up to two months for the National Park Service to stabilize and repair Acadia National Park’s historic carriage road system after about 10 miles of it were heavily damaged during a torrential rainstorm last week. (read more) Read more >

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National Mask Requirement implemented by Park Service

AUGUST 16, 2021. The National Park Service received updated masking requirements on August 16. Currently, in Hancock County, the transmission rate has been sustained at a substantial level. In response, Acadia National Park has required all staff and visitors to wear masks in buildings owned and operated by the federal government and have reduced building occupancies. (read more) Read more >

Marisa Marinelli Named Senior Development Officer

BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia welcomes Marisa Marinelli as its new Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts and Events. Marinelli will work with individuals, businesses, and partners to raise funds to help preserve and protect Acadia National Park. She replaces former Senior Development Officer Shawn Keeley who joined College of the Atlantic as its Dean of Institutional Advancement in March. (read more) Read more >

Earth Day Roadside Clean-up Postponed until 2022

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – In the interest of community health and safety amidst a stubborn spring rise in COVID-19 cases here in Maine, Friends of Acadia will not hold a formal Earth Day Roadside Clean-up in 2021. The event typically brings together hundreds of volunteers working together to pick up litter that has accumulated over the winter on MDI’s and Trenton’s roadsides. (read more) Read more >

Several Trails Close for Peregrine Falcon Nesting

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Peregrine falcons are again defending nesting territories in Acadia National Park. The Jordan Cliffs Trail, Precipice Trail, Valley Cove Trail, and a portion of the Orange & Black Path are closed to public entry until further notice. (read more) Read more >

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) will be opening roads and other visitor facilities at Acadia National Park for the 2021 season beginning with the Park Loop Road. The 27-mile scenic drive, including the Cadillac Summit Road, is expected to open to motor vehicles on April 15 … (read more) Read more >