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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.

National Park Service Provides Wildland Fire Grants to Local Fire Departments

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Date: December 12, 2008
Contact: Scott Warner, 207-288-8782

(Bar Harbor, Maine) - Acadia National Park’s Fire Management Office began distributing firefighting supplies purchased under the federal Rural Firefighting Assistance Program. Wildland fire equipment grants have been awarded to thirteen Maine fire departments.

The primary purpose of the Rural Fire Assistance program is to increase wildland firefighter safety and wildland fire protection capabilities for rural fire departments. These are departments that protect communities of less than 10,000 people and which play a cooperative role in protecting federal lands such as Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. The grants being awarded this year are based upon requests submitted by the departments in 2007.

Local fire departments provide valuable assistance to the parks and help us achieve the National Park Service's mission of protecting the lands and visitors of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site. This is the sixth year of this very successful program, in which almost $230,000 in grants have been awarded to our cooperating fire departments in Maine.

The fire departments receiving grants this year are Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Calais, Great Cranberry Island, Gouldsboro, Isle au Haut, Islesford, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton and Winter Harbor.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.