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Plants of Acadia National Park: New Field Guide Published

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BAR HARBOR – A stunningly comprehensive field guide to the plants of Acadia National Park has just been published. Compiled and edited by botanists Glen Mittelhauser, Linda Gregory, Sally Rooney, and Jill Weber, The Plants of Acadia National Park presents scientific descriptions of 862 plant species found on Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula, and Isle au Haut. It includes wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, and shrubs, and features over 2,200 color photographs.

Sturdily constructed and sized to fit in a backpack, this user-friendly guide may be used in the field by botanists from budding to experienced. The Plants of Acadia National Park is designed to bridge the gap between simple wildflower guides and technical floras, and includes extensive keys, an illustrated plant-family section, informative introductory sections, a glossary of botanical terms, a listing of historical records, and a full index of scientific and common names.

The authors have studied the flora of the Acadia region since the 1980s. Glen Mittelhauser lives in Gouldsboro and is the executive director of the Maine Natural History Observatory. Linda Gregory was formerly the botanist at Acadia National Park; she lives in California and Bar Harbor. Sally Rooney, of Sedgwick, and Jill Weber, of Bar Harbor, are both consulting botanists and ecologists specializing in natural resource inventory projects for Maine’s conservation organizations.

The Plants of Acadia National Park was published by the University of Maine Press in association with the Garden Club of Mount Desert, a member of the Garden Club of America; Friends of Acadia; and the Maine Natural History Observatory. In addition, generous funding was provided by Julie and Ted Leisenring. The Plants of Acadia National Park may be purchased at local bookstores or from the University of Maine Press at www.umaine.edu/umpress.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Michael Alpert

Email: alpert@umit.maine.edu