Acadia’s larger lakes finally lost their ice over the weekend. It’s a visible signal that spring is finally here, though the trees still look brown and bare after this unusually rugged winter. But other signs abound—peregrines nesting, park roads opening, and seasonal jobs open for applications!
Here in our sunny Bar Harbor office, another sign of spring is the annual Friends of Acadia membership campaign. Membership renewals arrive in the mail daily, often accompanied by wonderful notes from our friends. It’s valuable for us to hear what particularly interests or inspires our members. Don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what you’re thinking at any time of the year! Post on our Facebook page, send an email, or even reply to this E-News…we hope you’ll stay in touch.
Earth Day Roadside Cleanup: Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 15th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup on Saturday, April 26, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides on MDI and Trenton. Friends of Acadia’s signature springtime volunteer event is a great opportunity to get outside and take pride in Acadia’s surrounding communities. We provide the gloves, safety vests, trash bags, and snacks—and our volunteers leave many hundreds of bags of trash for the Maine Department of Transportation to pick up the following Monday morning. It’s a great partnership!
Work with Friends! From January through April of each year, the staff at Friends of Acadia turn their thoughts to hiring. This is the time during which seasonal positions for Acadia’s busy summer season are planned, advertised, and filled. Says FOA communications coordinator Aimee Beal Church, “hiring our seasonal employees to work in the Friends of Acadia office and out in the park on various FOA projects takes a lot of planning and time, but it’s gratifying to find candidates so enthusiastic and excited about work that makes a real difference for Acadia.” Several positions are currently open. Read More »
Loop Road and Other Openings in Acadia National Park: Hurray! Most seasonal facilities openings will occur on time this year, with the Park Loop Road open today, April 15, and the Cadillac Summit Road scheduled to open this Friday, April 18. Note that, due to the delay in finalizing a contract with the new park concessioner (Dawnland LLC), the Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain gift shops are estimated to be opening mid-May but the Jordan Pond House will likely open in early June. The exact dates have not yet been confirmed.
If you bike the Cadillac Summit Road this week before it opens: watch out for park maintenance vehicles that are working to prepare the road for opening, and use caution when approaching closed gates (please don’t run into them!).
Let’s mention seasonal closures here, too. All carriage roads are currently closed to allow them to dry out during the spring thaw. It takes just one person biking or walking through a waterlogged section to cause significant damage to these world-class broken-stone roads, so please do your part to protect them by abiding by the closure. The spring closure typically lasts a couple of weeks—check the park website’s “park alerts” to find out when the carriage roads open again. In addition, hiking trails and rock climbing routes in the Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed for peregrine falcon nesting season. These closures typically last through mid-August.
“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” —Wendell Berry
Header Photo: Granite ledges along Ocean Drive, looking toward Sand Beach. FOA photo by Aimee Beal Church.