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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Friends of Acadia preserves, protects and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Programs: Friends of acadia makes grants from its acadia trails forever project fund to the anp trails program to maintain the park's 130 miles of trails. Projects in 2014 included the asticou/jordan pond connector trail that included rehabilitating 2 historic stone culverts and adding 29 new culverts in low lying areas, and restoring hundreds of feet of side drainage ditches. In addition, restoration of the gorge path that goes all the way to the cadillac summit was completed, and the quarry path and otter cove trails were finished. The park also completed the environmental compliance needed for the upcoming 2015 trail work. The acadia youth conservation corps assists with various projects, including cleaning drainage ditches and cutting and hauling brush. Friends of acadia makes grants from its acadia trails forever project fund to the anp trails program to maintain the park's 130 miles of trails. Projects in 2014 included the asticou/jordan pond connector trail that included rehabilitating 2 historic stone culverts and adding 29 new culverts in low lying areas, and restoring hundreds of feet of side drainage ditches. In addition, restoration of the gorge path that goes all the way to the cadillac summit was completed, and the quarry path and otter cove trails were finished. The park also completed the environmental compliance needed for the upcoming 2015 trail work. The acadia youth conservation corps assists with various projects, including cleaning drainage ditches and cutting and hauling brush.

the island explorer is a fare-free, seasonal, propane-powered bus system that runs through acadia national park and its surrounding gateway communities. Since its first day of operation in 1999, 5. 48 million visitors have ridden the bus, approximately 2. 08 million private vehicle trips have been eliminated, reducing smog causing pollutants by an estimated 29. 3 tons and green house gas emissions by over 19,187 tons. Friends of acadia has been involved with the bus systems since its inception, granting over $3 million in funding, and securing $2. 8 million in grants from l. L. Bean and others to enable the system to grow. Friends of acadia's grant supports the operating costs of 28 buses on mount desert island, and one on the schoodic peninsula.

the carriage road maintenance grant makes possible the salaries of six acadia national park workers who perform regular maintenance of the park's 44 miles of historic carriage roads. In 2014, the workers rock-raked, dragged smooth, and rolled the entire carriage road system at the beginning and end of the season. They restored vistas on the around mountain loop, spent two months removing fallen and dead trees from the entire system, and recovered and reset dislodged coping stones. This program uses thousands of volunteer hours from foa's volunteer program, and also uses the acadia youth conservation corps student employees.

additionally, friends of acadia contributes to a variety of community outreach events such as take pride in acadia day, national trails day, earth day roadside clean-up, and national public lands day. In partnership with acadia national park, friends implements and contributes to other programs including the ridge runners, the wild gardens of acadia, the acadia winter trails association, exotic plant eradication, wheelchair accessible carriages and trails, acadia quest, the acadia youth technology team, the night sky initiative, the peregrine falcon and hawk watch program, teacher ranger teacher program, water quality monitoring and a volunteer program that contributes over 3,400 hours of time to maintain acadia's trails and carriage roads.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Acadia does great work helping Acadia National Park. I don't get to visit often so Is love all the posts on their website and Facebook page with beautiful photos of my favorite part of the country. Keep up the good work. I love staying informed even when I'm far away.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Acadia is one of the best NP's that I have ever been a part of. They add so much to our community. They provide needed jobs for our local 15-18 year olds by sponsoring jobs in Acadia National Park, as well as Ridge Runner positions for older college students. They organize many volunteer days for locals and visitors and have benefited our local economy as well as being a great support for Acadia National Park. One of the best things is that the employees of FOA are also active in many other smaller non-profits in the area and offer their expertise and time willingly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work FOA does to support Acadia National Park is invaluable and vital to the health of the resource. Without their work maintaining trails and providing education as well as fundraising, I can't imagine what our visits to the park would look like. The federal government needs nonprofits like FOA to fill in the gaps in funding and to even do some of the essential jobs to maintain the park. It is a true wonder of the natural world, and we are all the richer for the work of FOA.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Acadia is the essence of what it takes to keep Acadia National Park pristine and beautiful. Through their volunteer efforts the Carriage Trails, bridges, and other unique aspects of the park are kept up so others can continue to enjoy the park and all it has to offer. Without them, a way of life and connection to nature would not be as secure as it is. Join them !!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Acadia helps protect and preserve one of our greatest national parks. They do work that could not be completed with the current budget restraints. Through there work hiking trails, carriage roads, and other important aspects of the park look great.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The non profit group,Friends of Acadia, not only runs numerous programs in conjunction with the National Park Service, they also help maintain the splendor of Acadia through volunteer efforts that bring the community together and improve the park for all. They send out a wonderful newsletter, to those that are interested in receiving it, detailing all their programs and initiatives. I live far from Acadia, and miss it when I am not there, but the news letter not only keeps me informed, it brings back many happy memories from our trips to my favorite place in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member of Friends of Acadia, which does a wonderful job of communicating park activities to members. I joined because I appreciated all the work that they do to improve the park, fund projects, and more. Friends of Acadia volunteers and staff, and workers hired by the organization, spend many hours each year cleaning the park, restoring trails, building boardwalks, facilitating the use of buses instead of cars to transport people inside the park, and more.

Carrie34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not just Acadia National Park, but the entire island would be incomplete without Friends of Acadia galvanizing people from everywhere to volunteer to keep our Acadia beautiful and safe. My daughter who is a senior in high school is planning on majoring in business management because she wants to be a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization such as Friends of Acadia.

Kathe2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Acadia members do an AMAZING job making improvements to our beautiful Acadia National Park. We especially appreciate the hard work they do to help to maintain and even BUILD new trails in the park. What a gift they are to ANP!

Tom P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have tried to visit ANP yearly since moving back to New England in 1998. It is a wonderful experience, and programmed activities only add to the natural value of the Park. Without assistance from FOA, this park could not operated at the high quality that it does, and it would surely be showing significantly more signs of wear and tear from the heavy traffic it receives.