Human influenced landscape disturbance takes many different forms from development to fire exclusion. Past management practices at Lava Beds has left evident reminders of historic activities. Management goals include erasing evidence remaining on the landscape by past activities. The goal is to restore the landscape to a more pristine state and allow the natural processes to reclaim the disturbed sites.
Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.