Even though Acadia National Park covers only one percent of Maine’s land area, more than fifty percent of the forests and plant life grows within the parks boundaries. Research activities are common at Acadia as researchers collect specimens of algae, fungi, and other plants throughout the year. They are deposited at the herbarium which is administered on a joint-administration basis by the College of the Atlantic and Acadia National Park.

The different types of plants present in Acadia National Park are:

  • Wildflowers
  • Marine Plants
  • Algae
  • Grasses
  • Mosses and Liverworts
  • Freshwater Plants
  • Ferns

Almost 25 percent of the plants in Acadia have been listed by the state of Maine as rare and the same numbers of plant species are non-native to Acadia. According to research, the past 300 years of human settlement has significantly changed the composition of the plant life throughout Acadia National Park.

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