Ecosystems are impacted by living organisms like plants, animals, and people but also by nonliving physical and chemical factors such water and soil chemistry, climate, and the weather. These nonliving, or abiotic, components of an ecosystem help to shape what habitats will dominate an area and also what plant and animal species will live there. Throughout the park, monitoring of these abiotic features is an important part in protecting the natural integrity of the area.
Did You Know?
45 miles of carriage roads, an early 20th century gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., weave around the granite mountains and valleys of Acadia NP. 14 miles of carriage roads, built in the 1880s by Frederick Billings, traverse the gentle slopes and historic woodlands of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.