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Acadia National Park

Sampling a tidepool on Acaida's rockyrcoastline
Sampling a tidepool on Acaida's rocky coastline. Acadia National Park, Maine. Ed Sharron photo.

Founded in 1916, Acadia National Park has a rich human history that includes Native Americans, European settlers, artists, conservationists, and more.

Acadia National Park protects 40 miles of rocky shoreline and contains over 47,000 acres of rugged, primarily island topography carved and shaped by a succession of continental glaciers. With its bare, rounded mountain summits, verdant forests, sea cliffs, boulder beaches, deeply indented coastline, carriage trails, pristine ponds and lakes, headlands jutting into the sea, and remote islands, the park captures the extraordinary beauty and charm of the Maine coast. Comprised of a cluster of islands on the Maine coast, Acadia is positioned within the broad transition zone between eastern deciduous and northern coniferous forests, and hosts several species and plant communities at the edge of their geographic range. Steep slopes rise above the rocky shore, including Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. While surrounded by the ocean, the entire fabric of Acadia is interwoven with a wide variety of freshwater, estuarine, forest, geologic, and intertidal resources, many of which contain plant and animal species of international, national and state significance.

Lakes and ponds cover about 2,600 acres of the park. Of these, 14 are 'Great Ponds' (natural bodies of water greater than 10 acres). In addition, over 20% of Acadia National Park includes wetlands of all types (marine aquatic beds, intertidal shellfish flat, salt marshes, freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, and peatlands).


The goals of NETN's Vital Signs Monitoring in the park include:

  1. Determine the status and trends in selected indicators of the condition of park ecosystems to allow managers to make better-informed decisions and to work more effectively with other agencies and individuals for the benefit of park resources.
  2. Provide early warning of abnormal conditions of selected resources to help develop effective mitigation measures and reduce costs of management.
  3. Provide data to better understand the dynamic nature and condition of park ecosystems and to provide reference points for comparisons with other, altered environments.
  4. Provide data to meet certain legal and Congressional mandates related to natural resource protection and visitor enjoyment.
  5. Provide a means of measuring progress towards performance goals.

View Park Related Publications by Topic:

Because most protocols address multiple vital signs, the NETN program is organized around protocols, rather than vital signs. The drop-down lists below show monitoring and inventory activity, as well as all park briefs for Acadia NP. The protocol drop-downs also show the relative vital signs that are addressed by each protocol.

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Air Quality

Vital Signs Addressed

Acidic Deposition & stress,contaminants,and ozone.

Protocol Page

Air Quality
Breeding Landbirds

Vital Signs Addressed

Breeding Landbirds

Protocol Page

Breeding Landbirds
Climate (in development)

Vital Signs Addressed

Climate

Protocol Page

Climate
Invasive Species - Early Detection

Vital Signs Addressed

Invasive/Exotic Plants, Invasive/Exotic Animals

Protocol Page

Invasive Species

Park Target Invasive Species List

Acadia NP (2015)
Phenology

Vital Signs Addressed

Phenology

Protocol Page

Phenology
Salt Marsh & Estuarine

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Air Quality
Breeding Landbirds
Climate (in development)
Forest Health
Invasive Species - Early Detection
Phenology
Rare Woodland & Forest Communities
Rocky Intertidal Communities
Salt Marsh & Estuarine (in development)
Water Quality

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Breeding Birds
Reptiles & Amphibians
Terrestrial Mammals
Vegetation Mapping
Fish
Land Cover

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Air Quality
Breeding Landbirds
Climate
Forest Health
Freswater Wetland
Invasive Species - Early Detection
Phenology
Water Quality

Park Basline Inventories:

The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park. For more information, read the Fact Sheets for each of the inventories (PDF) by clicking here or on each individual inventory name.

Baseline Inventories Complete for Park? Reports, Documents & Data
Water Quality Y Baseline Inventory

Base Cartography

Y Base Cartography Data Inventory (2001 - 2010)
Air Quality Related Values Y Air Quality Monitoring in NETN Parks
Climate Inventory Y Weather and Climate Inventory for NETN parks (2006)
Geological Resources Inventory Y

Geological Resources Inventory Report (2006)

GIS Data

Soil Resources Inventory Y NPS - SRI - Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO)
Water Body Location and Classification Y

National Hydrography Dataset Viewer

Hydrographic and Impairment Statistics (HIS)

Vegetation Inventory Y Vegetation Inventory Project
Species Lists Y IRMA Species Search
Species Occurrence and Distribution Y Biological Resources Search on IRMA

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NETN Monitoring Map

Locations are approximate. For informational purposes only.

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Bird observations from eBird (non-NPS)

Acadia National Park has been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspot". Help the park bolster bird data by adding your bird obsevations to eBird when you visit the park.


Species observations from iNaturalist (non-NPS)

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