On Maine’s rocky, forested coast, Acadia National Park’s iconic landscape includes historic stone bridges, carriage trails, and other structures where human-made culverts divert water, prevent flooding, and improve visitors’ safety. At parks across the country, such culverts can also prevent fish, insects, and other aquatic organisms from moving freely from one habitat to another. That can reduce biodiversity, ultimately affecting every plant and animal in the ecosystem.
Understanding these impacts is one focus of a new research project by Elizabeth “Abbey” L. Paulson, the first-ever Second Century Stewardship Research Fellow at Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park. Read more HERE.