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May 20, 2015
Transportation Planning for Acadia Begins
The park is kicking off a transportation plan and environmental impact statement for Acadia with public meetings in June and July 2015.

May 18, 2015
Vista Clearing in Acadia
Park crews, in partnership with the Forestry Department of the University of Maine, will begin work on the restoration of the second vista overlooking Eagle Lake, located 0.7 miles south of the Cadillac Mountain entrance on Park Loop Road.

May 11, 2015
Thunder Hole Opens
Construction work on Thunder Hole viewing area is completed and the area has reopened to visitors.

May 04, 2015
Prescribed Burns Planned for Acadia
Acadia National Park fire managers are planning to burn four vistas along Park Loop Road on Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th.

April 28, 2015
Acadia Announces Centennial Challenge Projects- NPS Matches Friends of Acadia Funds for Historic Trails and Carriage Road Work
From trail repairs to new wayside interpretive panels, the National Park Service this week announced $26 million for more than 100 initiatives that will help parks prepare for centennial visitors. The National Park Service received a $10 million Congressional appropriation that was matched with $15.9 million from more than 90 partner organizations.

April 27, 2015
Tourism to Acadia National Park creates $271 Million in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports nearly 3,500 jobs in the local economy. A new National Park Service report shows that 2.56 million visitors to Acadia National Park in 2014 spent $221 million in communities near the park. That spending supported an estimated 3,486 jobs and had a total economic benefit of $271 million in the local area.

April 20, 2015
Acadia National Park Prepares for Summer Season
Acadia has opened Park Loop Road at Acadia National Park to all vehicles for the 2015 summer season. The park’s carriage roads will be closed to all public access and use starting on April 22, 2015, to protect their gravel surface, which softens during the spring thaw, from post-holing and rutting inadvertently caused by walkers and bicyclists. The carriage roads within the park will remain closed to all public access until the National Park Service determines they are firm enough for reopening.

April 20, 2015
Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day in Acadia
In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, Acadia National Park will host two special family festivals. Children 12 and under and their families are invited to get outside, get moving, explore Acadia’s nature and history, and discover ways to protect your park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

April 15, 2015
Jordan Cliffs Trail closed
Adult peregrine falcons were recently observed defending Jordan Cliffs and the air space in front of it as well as being observed engaged in courtship behavior in the same area. Together these activities suggest that the adult pair of peregrine falcons have claimed the cliffs as their nesting territory for 2015. Adult falcons will often exhibit aggressive behavior toward visitors or staff on a trail or the cliff that is within their nesting territory and is the reason that Acadia National Park’s Superintendent, Sheridan Steele, has approved the closing of the cliffs and trail today.

April 02, 2015
Acadia National Park to offer car-free mornings
Visitors to Acadia National Park will have the opportunity to enjoy two car-free mornings on Park Loop Road in 2015. The National Park Service will close Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island to private vehicles from midnight to noon on Saturday, May 16, and Saturday, September 26. The National Park Service will also waive the park entrance fee for all visitors during the car-free morning on May 16, and offer a fee-free day in celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 26.

April 02, 2015
Acadia National Park has $57.6 million in deferred maintenance
The National Park Service has released its Fiscal Year 2014 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.49 billion nationwide total was up from the $11.3 billion reported at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. Acadia National Park’s share of the total cost of deferred maintenance is $57.6 million, which includes approximately $10.2 million for trails and $19.2 million for paved roads and associated bridges.

April 02, 2015
Peregrine Falcons are Back
Peregrine falcons are once again defending nesting territories on the Precipice and Valley Cove Cliffs in Acadia National Park. The Precipice & Valley Cove Cliffs & associated trails are closed.

March 22, 2015
Thunder Hole Closure
Due to construction, Thunder Hole viewing area will be closed.

March 16, 2015
Seasonal Openings for 2015
“Maine has experienced record-breaking snowfall this year and we are still trying to find places to put all this snow as we try to clear roads,” said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “Our advice to all travelers planning to visit Acadia this spring is that they come prepared to experience frozen or very wet conditions. The park is open but some of the roads and facilities may still be covered by snow and ice. Bring your snowshoes, skis, and coats to enjoy the snow and fully access the park.”

January 13, 2015
Road and Bridge Work in Acadia
Beginning on February 2, 2015 and lasting through the end of May, the Acadia National Park Schoodic Loop Road will be restricted to only south bound traffic across the Frazer Creek Causeway.

November 17, 2014
National Park Service Completes Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the release of the Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District in Acadia National Park.

October 06, 2014
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection
Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the donation of Barbara Patterson’s collection of bird research to the park’s natural history collection from the Patterson, Burnett and Wheeler Families. For more than 20 years, from the late 1950s through the early 1980s, Mrs. Patterson conducted annual investigations of migrating songbirds on her family property near Somesville, Maine. Mrs. Patterson worked independently to create one of the largest data sets ever made for the region, documenting her work banding more than 28,000 songbirds. The data are a valuable historic baseline from which new investigations can examine changes in species, life history behaviors and patterns, and uses of habitats.

August 15, 2014
Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
The National Park Service will be performing maintenance and significant repairs to several motor road bridges in Acadia National Park. The work will involve waterproofing, improving drainage, and rehabilitating and/or reconstructing masonry and mortar joints of the bridges. The repair work will continue over the next year and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2015.

July 30, 2014
Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place
Acadia National Park has been named “America’s Favorite Place” by ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA) based on a nationwide poll of viewers. GMA asked viewers to nominate their favorite place in America in an online poll earlier this month, and the five finalists were Acadia National Park, Chicago’s Lakefront, Glacier National Park, Gulf Shores, and Lake Tahoe.

May 19, 2014
Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Park
The Quest is on! Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park invite kids and their families to explore Acadia together than through the fun and varied challenges of the Acadia Quest: Uniquely Acadia Edition. In the 2014 version of the Quest, teams will “collect” experiences on Acadia’s trails, carriage roads, water bodies, and unique destinations to complete the Quest.

May 12, 2014
Acadia National Park Centennial Logo Unveiled
In preparation for the celebration of Acadia National Park's centennial in 2016, Acadia National Park (ANP) and Friends of Acadia (FOA) today unveiled the official Acadia Centennial Logo at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners at the Ellsworth City Hall. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations.

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