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E-News Summer 2014


Mount Desert Island from the water
Dear Friends:

Ah, summertime. Here in Acadia that means sparkling ponds, cool mountaintop breezes, seaside picnics, and all the beauty and recreational variety that this magnificent place has to offer. Here at Friends of Acadia, summer also means a host of programs, events, and other activities around our mission of protecting and preserving Acadia National Park. It’s a great time to enjoy our friendships—many FOA members stop by our Bar Harbor office or the membership table at the Jordan Pond House. If you’re in town, we hope you’ll say hi!

Friendships with partner organizations also shine in summer as we jointly support projects that benefit the park and surrounding communities. Recently, we were delighted to hear from our Island Explorer partners at Downeast Transportation that more people than ever are riding the free, propane-powered buses—two days in late July saw total ridership go above 8,000 passengers, a number seen only a couple of times in Island Explorer history and only during the peak two weeks in August. This on the heels of celebrating the 5-millionth passenger in June! Have you ridden the Island Explorer lately? It’s another great reason to enjoy summer in Acadia.

Friends of Acadia Benefit Preview CatalogBenefit Preview Catalog Online: This weekend Friends of Acadia will hold the 25th Annual Benefit Auction, a milestone in our history of individual philanthropy for the good of Acadia National Park. Whether or not charity events are “your thing,” you can help this important fundraiser to be a success by perusing the online Preview Catalog and making an absentee bid.

Take a peek—maybe you’ll find the perfect gift you’ve been looking for (or a summertime treat for yourself!). All auction items have been donated by generous artists, businesses, and individuals. Every bidder, successful or not, makes a real contribution to our event. Thank you!

Annual Report Online: Did you know that the Friends of Acadia 2013 Annual Report is available to read in PDF format online? It’s a thoughtful round-up of the successes of the previous year, along with financial statements that allow our members and donors to review the organization’s efficiency and fiscal responsibility. It’s also our opportunity to thank the people and organizations that made a significant contribution to Friends of Acadia’s success last year. Read more >>

Volunteers pose by a bogwalk they've just builtFriends of Acadia Stewardship Volunteers: Our drop-in program of trail and carriage road volunteering is in full swing, with a wide variety of projects on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings throughout the summer and fall. Led by Friends of Acadia’s crew leaders Anna and Jeanne, along with a highly experienced group of volunteer crew leaders, drop-in volunteers don’t need to bring any particular skills—just a willingness to learn and have fun! Volunteers of all ages and abilities can be accommodated.

Just this week, volunteers can choose between building bogwalks, spreading gravel on the Asticou Trail, cutting back trailside growth at Wonderland, and more. Details and the weekly schedule are online. It’s a terrific way to get outside and enjoy a new side of Acadia!

Cobblestones Blog: Recent posts in the Friends of Acadia blog include a report on the first flight of Acadia’s peregrine chicks, the “backstory” of the new Quarry Trail in Otter Creek (with a map!), field reports from the Acadia Youth Technology Team and Jordan Pond water-quality buoy, and “what’s blooming” in the Wild Gardens of Acadia. The Cobblestones Blog is an inside look at the work being done by Friends of Acadia staff and volunteers throughout the park, and a fresh glimpse at the complexity of the remarkable place we call Acadia. Read more >>

Celebrate Lower Hadlock’s Preservation

On Saturday September 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, come hike at Lower Hadlock Pond to celebrate the transfer of a beautiful 37-acre property to Acadia National Park. In addition to learning about the complex of conservation properties in the area, we will talk about management of the watershed, the plight of red pines in the area, and explore some wonderful new trails! With Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Friends of Acadia, and other partners. Call or email Maine Coast Heritage Trust Steward Billy Helprin at 207-244-5700 x20 or for more information and to register.

Ranger-led programs in Acadia

Ranger-led programs are a fascinating way to learn more about this amazing place. From an easy walk to explore the site of George B. Dorr’s family mansion at Compass Harbor, to a star-watch at Sand Beach or a fascinating 4 ½ hour cruise to Baker Island, you’ll find a wide variety of outings and activities! Most are free, but some have a fee. You can find a link to the schedule from the Friends of Acadia website >>

“Oh, the summer night,
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne .” —Barry Cornwal

Header Photo: Mount Desert Island’s distinctive silhouette. FOA photo by Aimee Beal Church.