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Friends of Acadia is a dedicated voice for Acadia National Park and a leader among friends’ groups nationwide in effective and appropriate advocacy practices.

Acadia National Park belongs to the American people—to all of us. We believe it is our job, and our right, to remind lawmakers of their responsibility to care for the park, and Acadia’s importance to our national and local economy, to our quality of life, and to the legacy we leave our children.

Friends of Acadia is a dedicated voice for Acadia and a leader among friends’ groups nationwide in effective and appropriate advocacy practices. We support initiatives that will strengthen federal appropriations for Acadia and surrounding communities, and we fight threats to the park at the local, state, and federal levels.

Friends of Acadia carefully weighs each issue to determine whether it matches the fundamental statements that guide our advocacy work.

Advocacy in Partnership

Much of what we accomplish is through partnership with other organizations. We participate in several national coalitions that discuss and develop action plans on federal issues. These coalitions broaden Friends of Acadia’s knowledge and reach on Capitol Hill. We also strive to keep our members informed of opportunities to act on issues of interest.

Friends of Acadia’s monthly e-news is the best way to stay abreast of opportunities to make comment or provide testimony, and we may send special editions about topics of interest.

Current Issue: Proposed Salmon Farm in Frenchman Bay

Friends of Acadia is among several stakeholders around Frenchman Bay defending Acadia against industrial-scale aquaculture by advocated against a proposal by American Aquafarms to lease two 60-acre sites for salmon farms near Bald Rock and Long Porcupine Island. Each lease site would include fifteen pens (147-foot in diameter each) and a feed/generator barge. We believe the nationally significant gift of Acadia National Park will be tarnished if American Aquafarms’ salmon farms are permitted.

How You Can Help

Reach out to Congress to share why you think it is important that Congress fully funds the operating needs of Acadia and all our national parks.