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Native tribes, USNPS exploring possible sweetgrass gathering in Acadia NP

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Park officials and members of Maine’s four Indian tribes are exploring the possibility of allowing the tribes’ basket makers to harvest sweetgrass in Bass Harbor Marsh and perhaps other salt marshes within the park.

Federal regulations prohibit the removal of any plants from National Park Service (NPS) lands. But a change adopted in 2016 allows an exception for members of federally recognized Indian tribes who want to gather plants for traditional purposes, so long as that activity does not have “a significant adverse impact on park resources or values.”


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