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June 2015 E-News

 

FRIENDS OF ACADIA E-NEWS | JUNE 2015

Yellow Lady Slipper at The Wild Gardens of Acadia
Dear Friends:

Last Saturday was National Trails Day, but for the first time in several years Friends of Acadia did not hold a trail inauguration—although not for lack of a trail to inaugurate! Rather, park trail crews are working full-tilt to complete projects before the Acadia Centennial celebration next year. So Saturday morning a couple of us from FOA walked the newly restored Asticou & Jordan Pond Path in our own “inauguration” of this remarkable historic footpath.

The path is just lovely. Walking side-by-side, we could fully appreciate the magnificent white pines, fern-lined brooks, and thick evergreen nurseries we passed. Birdsong was the most common sound; as often happens on Acadia’s forest paths, we passed no other hikers. We marveled at the lush moss edging the path, clearly painstakingly transplanted there to restore its venerable appearance. Pink granite stepping-stones and elegantly arched little bridges made each stream crossing a delight.

Acadia’s trail personnel must be artists, tradesmen, and laborers. We are so fortunate to have such a multi-talented group dedicated to the physical and aesthetic pleasures of exploring Acadia on foot. It’s an honor for Friends of Acadia to support their effort through the Acadia Trails Forever partnership—and we’re grateful to the volunteers who work with them and the members whose donations to FOA make it all possible. We hope you have an opportunity to walk in Acadia this summer—and take pride in your own contribution to the beauty you see there.



Friends of Acadia Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting: 
Friends of Acadia invites members and the public to our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. Held at the Bar Harbor Club on West Street in Bar Harbor, this convivial and informative event is your opportunity to meet FOA staff and board members, hear about recent accomplishments and initiatives, then enjoy a reception on the terrace overlooking the harbor. The winner of the Friends of Acadia Marianne Edwards Distinguished Service Award and other special awards will be announced.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be an extra-special event, as it falls on the 99th anniversary of Acadia National Park’s founding. We hope you will join us! To attend, RSVP by July 3 to rsvp@friendsofacadia.org or call 207-288-3340; toll-free 800-625-0321.


Benefit Plant Sale: Each spring since 1961, the volunteers of the Wild Gardens of Acadia have held a benefit plant sale to support the maintenance of the Gardens. This year’s sale will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, from 9 a.m. to noon. Offerings will include native plants, vegetable seedlings, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Plants are donated from local nurseries, private estate gardens, and the Wild Garden volunteers’ personal gardens. The sale will be held rain or shine.

All proceeds will help support the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Created and maintained by volunteers, the Wild Gardens of Acadia offer park visitors an award-winning microcosm of Acadia’s uniquely varied plant communities in a serene brookside setting. The Wild Gardens include over 400 plant species, all indigenous, in thirteen sections designed to represent natural plant communities found within Acadia National Park.


Transportation Planning: Have you ever experienced traffic congestion or crowding in Acadia? Do you avoid certain areas of the park because of anticipated traffic or parking issues? Do you enjoy car-free experiences and the Island Explorer? Now is the time to share your thoughts with the National Park Service about Acadia’s transportation issues and how the park might improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, and create a better visitor experience for all. Friends of Acadia supports the park’s effort to solve these issues, but input from area residents and visitors is critical.

Please come to one of the public meetings that the National Park Service is hosting to gather public comment for their long-range transportation plan:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., MDI High School Library, Mount Desert
Thursday, July 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Peninsula School gymnasium, Prospect Harbor

Can’t make these meetings? You can still provide written comments at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=58482 . Your input is encouraged!


Acadia National Park Centennial 1916-2016Acadia’s Centennial: Our park turns 100 in 2016! Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia, and the Acadia Centennial Partners are planning a year-long, Maine-wide celebration highlighting the previous hundred years of world-class conservation at the park and inspiring and launching the next hundred years of stewardship of Acadia.

At a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners in early June, some of the planned events were highlighted, including a joint Acadia/National Park Service “birthday” celebration at the Jordan Pond House on August 27, 2016, and a parade of historic windjammers at Somes Sound on August 2, 2016. Also highlighted were a handful of Acadia Centennial products available to commemorate the Acadia Centennial, including mugs, t-shirts, caps, and pins sporting the Acadia Centennial logo, along with books, calendars, and more. The purchase of approved Acadia Centennial products and services will help support centennial projects in Acadia.

With almost 150 Acadia-area and statewide organizations, businesses, and others already signed on to help celebrate Acadia’s 100th birthday—and more expected to join in—this will truly be a memorable celebration. Visit the Acadia Centennial website  for details on events and products, facts and history including a fun Acadia timeline, and the hows and whys of becoming a centennial partner.


Membership Table Training 

Friends of Acadia will hold a training session for anyone interested in becoming a membership table volunteer on Monday morning, June 29. The Friends of Acadia membership table operates on weekdays at Jordan Pond House through Labor Day. Volunteers greet visitors from all over the world, share information and enthusiasm about Friends of Acadia’s work in the park, and make it easy for visitors to join FOA or renew their membership. For information or to sign up for the training, please contact Sharon Broom, Development Officer, at sharon@friendsofacadia.org or 207-288-3340.

The Peregrines Have Landed!

Recent observations of peregrine falcon behavior near Jordan Cliffs suggest an adult pair have claimed the cliffs as their nesting territory for 2015. Acadia National Park staff and volunteers will observe Jordan Cliffs along with other known nesting areas such as the Precipice and Valley Cove to document nesting activities. You can observe the peregrines and their nest through high-power scopes during the ranger-led “Peregrine Watch” program at the Precipice viewing area. Find the schedule here.>>

Header Photo: Yellow Lady Slipper in the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Friends of Acadia photo by Julia Walker Thomas.
“Nature herself makes the wise man rich.” —Cicero