Forests

Trees and moss in a forest
Forested area off Great Notch Trail on the west side of Mount Desert Island

Photo by Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia, NPS

Acadia is blanketed with forests and woodlands that are situated in the transition zone of two ecoregions: the northern boreal forest and the eastern deciduous forest. Much of the park is covered by spruce-fir forests, which is representative of the boreal influence. Acadia also contains stands of oak, maple, beech, and other hardwoods more typically seen across New England.

There are several unique, isolated forest communities, such as pitch pine and scrub oak woodlands, that are found in the park at their northeastern range limit. Similarly, jack pine reaches the southern limit of its range in Acadia.

 
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