• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Resource Management

The Division of Resource Management works to preserve the integrity of natural resources, preserves cultural heritage, and maintains quality visitor experiences at Acadia National Park.
 

What do we do?

  • We develop and maintain a foundation of knowledge about the features and values – i.e., park ecosystems, cultural heritage, and visitor experiences – that the National Park Service is charged with protecting at Acadia National Park.
  • We facilitate research to detect and clarify threats to natural and cultural resources and test alternative management actions to help resolve problems or issues.
  • We support research and conduct monitoring about visitor use to inform park managers and the public about the quality of visitor experiences at Acadia National Park.
  • We monitor the condition of park natural and cultural resources to learn about their status and health. We acquire, curate, and interpret historic objects/documents and natural history specimens to preserve the history of the natural and cultural resources and administration of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site.
  • We manage information (tabular data, digital maps, etc.) so that it is safeguarded, accessible, and available for park managers, scientists, and interested members of the public.
  • We assure that all park activities are in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We protect the scenic, ecological, and cultural values of lands adjacent to the park by collaborating with landowners, local communities, and land trusts to establish, monitor, and enforce the terms of conservation easements on private properties.

For more information regarding our programs, see links above.

For more information about research in the park, visit Research Guidelines.

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.