ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — More than 420 enthusiastic volunteers turned out on Saturday morning for the 25th year of Take Pride in Acadia Day. Together they raked nine miles of carriage roads in 19 locations with beautiful weather to support the event. Rakes in hand, they fanned out across Acadia’s historic carriage roads to clear fallen leaves from road surfaces and drainage, to reduce erosion and washouts during the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter. This saves maintenance costs and allows the roads to dry out faster, permitting pedestrian and bicycle access earlier in the season.
Approximately half of volunteers are young people from schools including College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine, Husson College, Mount Desert Island High School, and Ellsworth High School, as well as scouting groups and other youth groups. Other participants include a corps of stewardship volunteers who have been coming to the event for many years, plus a number of retired ANP staff. The event also involves staff from every division of Acadia National Park.
Following the morning’s work, a hot meal of chili, cornbread, cider, and cake was served—the day’s traditional “CCC + C” lunch, recalling the Civilian Conservation Corps members who did so much work in Acadia in the 1930s.
The event was sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Birch Bay Village, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Cadillac Mountain Sports, The First N.A., The Gallery at Somes Sound, Galyn’s, The Knowles Company, Lynam Insurance and Real Estate, and Window Panes. In addition, transportation for the volunteer groups was donated by Coastal Kayaking, Downeast Transportation/Island Explorer, and National Park Sea Kayak; and Janet Anker donated the cake. Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park are grateful to all who made the day a success.
Photos from the day can be viewed online at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofAcadia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 9, 2015
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