Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park saw a record number of visitors last year. That's according to a report recently released by the National Park Service.

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Maine’s newest national park, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, was the subject of much debate before it was declared by former President Barack Obama. It survived a challenge from former Gov. Paul LePage, who tried to get the Trump administration to reverse the designation.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Maine's Congressional delegation hopes a dispute over the rights of clam and worm harvesters to work the mudflats of Acadia National Park has been solved by a new law.

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Members of Maine's congressional delegation and environmental and outdoor groups are praising Senate passage this week of a historic public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The legislation is expected to win strong support in the House, and it comes after President Trump has pushed to scale back protections for public lands.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park says it is running at full strength following the end of the federal government shutdown over the weekend.

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BAR HARBOR, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation is making a new attempt to address problems with the boundaries of Acadia National Park that complicate the harvest of clams and worms.

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As the partial federal government shutdown heads into its third week, it's causing some headaches around Maine, headaches that could turn into widespread disruption.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Park officials say visits to Maine's only national park are on pace to exceed the total visits from 2017.

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BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park in Maine is still struggling with a backlog of maintenance projects at a price tag of about $59.8 million.

Autumn Foliage in Acadia National Park
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 18 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 20 at 11:00 am

Jeff Dobbs brings us another beautiful scenic birds eye view of Acadia, in time for the Fall Foliage.

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Visitors to Acadia National Park who want to drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain or park at the Jordan Pond House to enjoy some popovers may need to make reservations in the future. The park released a draft transportation plan Friday designed to ease congestion and enhance visitors' experience, as the number of annual visitors to the park has increased by a million over the past decade.

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Prospects for wormers and clammers digging in the intertidal zone of Acadia National Park improved today after a U.S. House panel voted for the Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act.

Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District and U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, the measure was unanimously approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources, a result that Poliquin described as a credit to the Mainers who spoke out in favor of clarifying protocols at Acadia.

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A dispute between clammers, wormers and seaweed harvesters with Acadia National Park appears headed for a resolution in Congress.

A congressional subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin that would allow clammers and wormers to continue to make a living in the intertidal zone near the park’s boundary. The bill also requires Acadia to follow specific guidelines when adding new acreage to the park.

Maine’s congressional delegation says legislation is necessary to ensure clam and worm harvesters are allowed to keep plying their trade near Acadia National Park.

U.S. Sens. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. King says officials with the National Park Service are largely supportive of the legislation, crafted to address shore access by diggers and resolve the process by which Acadia can expand beyond its current boundaries.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation says legislation is necessary to ensure clam and worm harvesters are allowed to keep plying their trade near Acadia National Park.
 
Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. They say generations of clam and worm harvesters have made their living on Acadia flats, and the government must allow them to keep doing so.
 

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