Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park is saddled with hundreds of deferred maintenance projects that officials say will cost an estimated $65.8 million the park doesn't have.

George Dorr posing at the carved rock next to the spring canopy, c.1918. A gravel path leads to the Emery Path, one of six memorial trails built at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park c.1910s.
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Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., August 3 at 11:00 am

The story of George Buckman Dorr, the father of Acadia National Park. The film documents just how Dorr with the help of others painstakingly engineered Acadia.

To learn more about the Becoming Acadia visit Dobbs Productions Inc.

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For many, the great American road trip would not be complete without camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful spots on earth. According to the Department of the Interior, more than 330 million people will visit a national park this year — and a lot of them will be driving.

But as visitors rush to get away from it all, they're bringing with them some problems from the big city. And at Maine’s own Acadia National Park, gridlock is becoming a regular problem.

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Acadia National Park is seeing some record breaking attendance numbers this summer. With that comes significant congestion at the park.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Maine's only national park is working on options to accommodate a surge in visitors that has made parking difficult.

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Acadia National Park says it set a visitation record July 5 with more than 35,000 visits, and officials say park staff were swamped that day and the following weekend with calls for assistance and efforts to close roads and parking lots due to congestion.

HULLS COVE, Maine - Acadia National Park has reopened its visitor center for the season in a Bar Harbor village.

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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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