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2016 Accomplishments

Trails & Carriage Roads

  • Rehabilitated three Civilian Conservation Corps-built trails on Beech Mountain—fixing extensive degradation on Beech Cliff Trail and along the Long Pond shoreline on West Ridge Trail, and reopening an abandoned section of the Beech Cliff Loop to restore a breathtaking approach to its panoramic views—with significant support from the Acadia Youth Conservation Corps
  • Replaced 700 feet of bogwalk at Jordan Pond, with 99% of the work done by FOA stewardship volunteers
  • Recruited, equipped, and led hundreds of volunteers who gave time, expertise, and effort to care for Acadia’s hiking trails, carriage roads, ski trails, iconic signs, scenic vistas, and Wild Gardens; granted $252,000 for maintenance of Acadia’s carriage roads and $410,000 for restoration, construction, and maintenance of Acadia’s trail system

Tomorrow’s Stewards

  • Matched a Centennial Challenge Grant that provided $32,864 to bring 1,461 students and their teachers to Acadia for ranger-led boat excursions, more than half of whom had never before been on a boat in the Gulf of Maine. Classes that were unable to schedule boat trips participated in ranger-led programs on land, serving an additional 2,000 fourth graders; and ranger-led assemblies in Bangor reached every fourth grader in the city—more than 400 students—to showcase Acadia as the national park in their backyard
  • Hired three teens and a team leader for a revamped Acadia Youth Technology Team that provided high-quality video and photographic images for Acadia’s outreach programs, was featured on the Interior Department’s website, and offered a career-building experience for these budding photojournalists

Wild Acadia

  • Renewed an ongoing partnership with Canon U.S.A. that is enabling Acadia’s Exotic Plant Management Team to make meaningful progress toward controlling the 30 most invasive plant species in Acadia, supporting Acadia’s water quality monitoring program at Jordan Pond, and empowering the Wild Acadia team to work collaboratively in the Cromwell Brook Watershed
  • Donated $250,000 to Maine Coast Heritage Trust to purchase and conserve 62 acres of land inside park boundaries, at Sawyer’s Point on Seal Cove Pond
  • Installed a permanent fence around the Wild Gardens of Acadia to protect plantings from hungry white-tailed deer while allowing other wildlife—and visitors—to pass freely

Preserve & Protect

  • Negotiated a $1 million renewed sponsorship from L.L.Bean for the successful Island Explorer bus system
  • Provided leadership and organizational support for the Acadia Centennial, joining with 453 Acadia Centennial Partners to collectively host more than 350 events and create more than 125 products to celebrate our past and inspire our future at Acadia; and celebrated the Gift of Acadia at Jordan Pond with all four members of the Maine Congressional delegation, a community chorus, junior rangers, and the Rockefeller family
  • Published Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr by historian Ronald H. Epp and partnered to publish Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration by photographer Tom Blagden Jr., both to critical acclaim
  • Successfully advocated for $2.5 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund appropriations to enable the park to purchase and permanently protect three properties inside park boundaries—at Sawyer’s Point, on Round Pond. and in the Northeast Creek watershed—and reinvested the proeceds into the Acadia Land Legacy Revolving Fund


An Island Explorer bus on the Park Loop Road1991-1996: Raised $3.4 million endowment to maintain the park’s 44-mile carriage road system in perpetuity

1997: Led negotiations to avert a clear-cut on 1,600 acres adjacent to park’s Schoodic District

1998: Achieved, with the park, a first-in-nation jet-ski ban on all ponds inside a national park

1999: Co-developed and co-funded the fare-free, propane-powered Island Explorer bus system

1999-2001: Raised $13 million for Acadia Trails Forever, making Acadia the first national park with an endowed trail system

2002: Obtained $1 million from L.L.Bean to support the Island Explorer; subsequent renewals brought total L.L.Bean funding to $4.25 million

2007: Purchased and protected 25 acres on Acadia Mountain, threatened by development

2010: Successfully lobbied the Maine legislature to limit open carry of firearms in Acadia

2010: Partnered to publish Plants of Acadia National Park, a comprehensive field guide to more than 800 species found in Acadia

2010: Established a formal relationship with the Wild Gardens of Acadia to ensure their future viability

2011: Celebrated Friends of Acadia’s 25th Anniversary with a grant to pilot the Acadia Youth Technology Team

2012: Inaugurated the first phase of the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton, giving the successful Island Explorer bus fleet a permanent home in a Gold LEED-rated maintenance and administration facility

2013: Completed the Duck Brook Connector Trail, fulfilling the original Acadia Trails Forever goal of establishing five village connector trails

2013: Funded a forward-thinking water quality monitoring program at Jordan Pond, Maine’s clearest lake, with leadership support from Canon U.S.A.

2013: Inaugurated the Trenton Community Trail and protected the surrounding 216-acre forestland with a conservation easement before donating both trail and forest to the Town of Trenton

2013: Helped realize permanent protection for the 1,400 acres of intact forest and wetland of Schoodic Woods

2014: Piloted the Cadillac Summit Steward program to reduce visitor impacts on Cadillac Mountain’s delicate alpine environment

2015: Marked the 25th anniversary of Take Pride in Acadia Day, Friends of Acadia’s most important annual volunteer event

By the Numbers*

Number of members: 4,913
Grants to the park and communities since 1986: $25.6 million
Island Explorer ridership since 1999: 6.6 million
Number of FOA-funded seasonal staff serving Acadia National Park annually: 168
Number of full-time staff: 13
Endowments and other investments: $37.9 million
Annual operating budget: $4.4 million
Publications: Friends of Acadia Journal (3 issues annually), Annual Report, E-News (11 issues annually),

* as of December 31, 2016