WINTER HARBOR — Acadia National Park is getting some official visitors this week, and it’s all to spark discussion about climate change.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democrat from Illinois, has toured numerous state parks to show folks how climate change is affecting some of America’s most precious lands.
Quigley, along with Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree and representatives from California and New Hampshire, will be spending the rest of the week touring Acadia National Park.
“It gives them a chance to see in person what is happening with climate change,” Pingree said.
Pingree said this gives a chance for her colleagues to meet with scientists, discuss what’s happening to our natural resources and bring that information to their colleagues in congress.
“We’re seeing increasing storms, for example, this summer we had a major rainstorm that jumped 5 inches of rain in just three hours and wiped out some of the carriage roads,” said Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
“Each national park is individual in its own way but it’s facing the same challenges from climate change, right? Warming causing fires, invasive species, loss of habitats loss of food sources a real danger to the parks we love so much,” Quigley said.
The congregational delegation is working with Schoodic Institute staff, Friends of Acadia, and Acadia National Park to consume as much information as they can on this trip.
Their tour of Acadia was set to begin Thursday and last through Friday.