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Friends of Acadia Journal

A Magazine about Acadia National Park and Surrounding Communities
Spring 2020 – Volume 25 No. 1

The Friends of Acadia Journal is published three times a year. With features about Acadia National Park’s history, resources, and programs, news about Friends of Acadia’s projects and activities, and information about how to get involved, the Friends of Acadia Journal is a great way to stay connected to Acadia National Park, all year long. Membership in Friends of Acadia includes a subscription to the Journal.   Join Now »



Carriage Road Rehabilitation Set
Eagle Lake Loop Gosures Planned
By Earl Brechlin

Acadia Awakens, Prepares for Season
Behind The Scenes Crews Cast Off Vestiges of Winter
By Earl Brechlin

Park Battles Against ‘Invaders’
Crews Making Gains To Aid Ecosystem
By Lynn Fantom

FOA Expands Fieldwork Capability
Familiar Faces Reiriforce Resources
By Earl Brechlin

What’s It Like In The Winter?
Members Share Their Acadia Adventures

Transportation Plan Is Moving Ahead
Reservation Dry Run Eyed For Late October
By Earl Brechlin


• President’s Message: An Anchor In Times Of Turbulence 
• Explore Acadia Together: Treasure Keepers Is Latest ‘Quest’ 
• Benefit Co-chairs Are Familiar Faces: Meet Vassar and Laura Pierce
• Superintendent’s View: Acadia As Canary In A Coal Mine
Donor Profile: Phoebe Milliken -A Fierce Champion Of Nature
Chair’s Letter: Protecting Sustainable and Dynamic Landscapes


• Where in Acadia?
• Test Your Invasive Plant IQ
• New Donors
• Updates
• Are You A Trailblazer?
• Special People Randi and Don Wilson

Cover Photograph: A hummingbird focuses on the blooming rhodora in Acadia National Park. Ralph Waldo Emerson praised rhodora as a “rival of the rose.”  Photo by Thomas Blagden.

Friends of Acadia is a membership and volunteer organization, and our work is significantly powered by volunteer effort. The Journal is no exception, and we are grateful to all of the writers and photographers who generously contribute their time and talents to our publication.

Thank you to our 2020 Journal sponsors:

A.B. & J.R. Hodgkins
Acadia on My Mind
Acadia Shops
Acadia Park Company
Anne’s Point Inn
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop
Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
Bay Ferries (The Cat)
Beal’s Lobster Pier
The Bluenose Inn – Lafayette Hotels
Burdick & Associates Landscape Design    
The Claremont
Coastal Kayaking Tours
College of the Atlantic
Coplon Associates
Davis Agency
EverGreen Home & Hearth
Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars
The Gallery at Somes Sound
Hale & Hamlin
House Wine
The Jackson Laboratory
John Williams Boat Company
Knowles Company
L.S. Robinson Company Insurance
LL Bean
Lynam Agencies
Machias Savings Bank
MDI Grows
Michael L. Ross Law Office
Mount Desert Hospital
Mount Desert Islander
Nelson F. Goodwin Company
Oli’s Trolley
Peruvian Link Bar Harbor
Seal Cove Auto Museum
Swan Agency Real Estate
Wallace Events
Window Panes

Archive of Past Friends of Acadia Journals