A logjam in the hiring of seasonal workers for the National Park Service was breaking up Tuesday, as parks were told that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the agency's hiring plans.
Acadia National Park
The mood was celebratory when members of the Acadia Centennial Task Force, Acadia National Park officials, staff and board members of Friends of Acadia, and staff of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust gathered to dedicate a time capsule intended to be opened in conjunction with Acadia’s bicentennial year in 2116.
There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Acadia National Park in Maine.
Summer Teacher Fellowships At Acadia National Park And Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
The National Park Service is recruiting six Acadia Teacher Fellows to spend the summer learning about Acadia National Park’s diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. The NPS will select three teachers to work on Mount Desert Island, and two teachers to work at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) in Winter Harbor. In addition, the NPS will select one teacher to work at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais.
From Fiscal Year 2006 through Fiscal Year 2015 the National Park Service spent roughly $10.5 billion on deferred maintenance projects, and yet the overall price tag for deferred maintenance continued to creep ever higher, leading the Government Accountability Office to wonder if the Park Service's strategy for tackling the projects was sound.
After the busy and exciting summer celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, a little quiet with elbow room isn’t a bad thing. You can have just that at Acadia National Park this winter by pitching your tent at the Blackwoods Campground.
Friends of Acadia, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and Down East Magazine recently announced the six winners of “100 Words for Acadia,” a writing contest celebrating Acadia National Park’s 100th birthday.
Closing the Park Loop Road to private vehicles during peak season, a reservation system on Cadillac Mountain, and car quotas on Ocean Drive are among the ideas under consideration as Acadia National Park forms a transportation plan aimed at improving the visitor experience while preserving natural and cultural resources.
Fewer than 100 days remain in Acadia National Park’s centennial year. As Acadia’s autumn builds toward its fiery peak, the Acadia Centennial Task Force is reminding Acadia-area residents that 2016—exhilarating, memorable, and (perhaps!) exhausting as it has already been—will end with a blaze of centennial glory that shouldn’t be missed.
Friends of Acadia, the 1932 Criterion Theatre, and Somes Pond Center invite the public for an evening with award-winning writer, producer, and historian Dayton Duncan on Monday, September 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is part of the Acadia National Park Centennial celebration.