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Friends of Acadia, Ken Burns Asks Congress to Fund Parks

Friends of Acadia, Ken Burns Asks Congress to Fund Parks

On May 26, Friends of Acadia President David MacDonald testified (virtually) before the National Parks Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. David currently serves as the President of the National Park Friends Alliance Steering Committee and testified, along with three other National Park leaders, adding the perspective of the park… Read more »

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MacDonald Testifies before US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

MacDonald Testifies before US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Today, Friends of Acadia President David MacDonald testified on the state of the National Park System before the National Parks Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. David currently serves as the President of the National Park Friends Alliance Steering Committee and testified, along with other National Park leaders, adding the perspective of the park partner community. (read more)

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Marisa Marinelli Named Senior Development Officer

Marisa Marinelli Named Senior Development Officer

BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia welcomes Marisa Marinelli as its new Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts and Events. Marinelli will work with individuals, businesses, and partners to raise funds to help preserve and protect Acadia National Park. She replaces former Senior Development Officer Shawn Keeley who joined College of the Atlantic as its Dean of Institutional Advancement in March. (read more)

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Spring issue of Acadia arrives soon

Spring issue of Acadia arrives soon

Acadia: The Friends of Acadia Spring Journal will be arriving in members’ mailboxes soon. The Spring 2021 issue includes features on Acadia’s virtual learning programs, the new Cadillac Mountain reservation system, park reopening plans for the 2021 season, and how Acadia awakens each spring. (read more)

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Earth Day Roadside Clean-up Postponed until 2022

Earth Day Roadside Clean-up Postponed until 2022

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – In the interest of community health and safety amidst a stubborn spring rise in COVID-19 cases here in Maine, Friends of Acadia will not hold a formal Earth Day Roadside Clean-up in 2021. The event typically brings together hundreds of volunteers working together to pick up litter that has accumulated over the winter on MDI’s and Trenton’s roadsides. (read more)

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Several Trails Close for Peregrine Falcon Nesting

Several Trails Close for Peregrine Falcon Nesting

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Peregrine falcons are again defending nesting territories in Acadia National Park. The Jordan Cliffs Trail, Precipice Trail, Valley Cove Trail, and a portion of the Orange & Black Path are closed to public entry until further notice. (read more)

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Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – The National Park Service (NPS) will be opening roads and other visitor facilities at Acadia National Park for the 2021 season beginning with the Park Loop Road. The 27-mile scenic drive, including the Cadillac Summit Road, is expected to open to motor vehicles on April 15 … (read more)

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Cadillac Reservation System

Cadillac Reservation System

Beginning May 26, 2021, vehicle reservations will be required for Cadillac Summit Road from sunrise to sunset through October 19, 2021. The reservation system was designed as a tool to improve the visitor experience, ensure visitor safety, and protect park resources. (Read More)

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Historic Carriage Roads Close for Mud Season

Historic Carriage Roads Close for Mud Season

Carriage roads are currently closed to all users as “mud season” opens across Acadia National Park. Warmer weather and wet conditions soften the carriage roads and make them susceptible to damage. Walking, bicycling, and riding horses in such conditions can cause ruts and potholes that channel water and exacerbate erosion. (read more)

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Longtime Volunteer Julia Schloss Honored

Longtime Volunteer Julia Schloss Honored

Stewardship Volunteer Crew Leader Julia Schloss was honored recently by Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider and Friends of Acadia President and CEO David MacDonald thanking her for more than 25 years as a volunteer in the park. Read More…

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