Friends of Acadia

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Address:

43 Cottage St PO Box 45 Bar Harbor ME 04609 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Friends of Acadia makes a huge difference in restoring and maintaining the beautiful trails and vistas of Acadia NP and keeping it accessible to increasing numbers of visitors. I have visited this park for fifty years and I see every time how Friends of Acadia has preserved and enhanced its beauty.

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Friends of Acadia - in many ways - is the backbone of Acadia National Park.
While our national park system was designed for everyone
it is through the hard work of FOA
that each individual genuinely feels that connection!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Everywhere on the trails of Acadia National Park you see evidence of their work, from trail maintenance to involving youth. They help supplement park service budget at a time of uncertain funding. Every national park should have a friend like the Friends of Acadia.

 
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We love everything about Acadia National Park and support the great efforts of Friends of Acadia who preserve the Park and surrounding area, in all it's various forms from carriage/hiking/biking trail's infrastructure, to it's plant life, and wildlife to it's water and air quality. Friends of Acadia organization works with many other preservation organizations, the towns in the region and local land owners to find way to keep the park and surrounding area as pristine as possible for generations to come. Their new mission is encouraging young people to explore and enjoy the wonders and benefits of the park and outdoor activities. Visit Acadia National Park, see the beauty, feel serenity and you will want to join with Friends of Acadia and their support their great mission!

 
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Friends of Acadia does wonders to improve and protect Acadia National Park, involve and benefit the communities that surround the park, and promote and nurture volunteerism near and far.

 
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The work they do in and for the park is so essential to keeping it attractive and usable for visitors, plus, they make a lot of information available to help people find their way around the park and to find interesting things to do in the park that will suit them. Besides, Acadia is an awesome park! Also, their fundraising outreach is tasteful, respectful and informative.

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Rating: 4 stars  

FoA continues to build on its amazing track record of success in galvanizing support for Acadia National Park, one of this nations most beautiful places. My interactions with the staff have always been top notch. I have always enjoyed the events and activities in which I am able to participate. It's a great nonprofit doing great work.

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FOA always keeps me up to date with the exciting things happening at Acadia! I look forward to each newsletter.

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What does Friends of Acadia do? A better question would be, what don't they do? My husband and our two dogs and I visit Acadia National Park every year, and even with the difficulties that all the parks are experiencing in the last 15 years in terms of funding, we are continually amazed. The park would definitely not be in such great shape without the support--in terms of money, time, volunteers, scientific endeavors, creative projects, corporate involvement, resources, etc.--of FOA. I look forward each year not only to visiting ANP and the surrounding communities of Mount Desert Island, but I actually crave receiving the FOA Journal in the mail three times a year, along with the superbly produced annual report! FOA creates a community that cares not only about the park, but about nature and youth and peace and education and beauty and ethics--in short, all the things that make us human and make us yearn for a better future. In his book Time and Tide in Acadia, Christopher Camuto writes that, "Some days, walking Acadian summits, soaking up the informed silence of these moubtains, you'll want to bow to everything you see." I would submit that there are times when I visit the wonders of Mount Desert Island, I feel the same sort of reverence for the wonderful folks at Friends of Acadia.

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I visit the park each year.

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Suggest ways for people who don't live in Maine to be more involved with FOA throughout the year.

 
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Acadia National Park is a gift to all of us. Last year I started a hiking group and my friends at Friends of Acadia were of great help to me putting the group together. We hiked a total of 48 trails and each time you could see all the great work and energy Friends have done. With the new trail marker and keeping the trails nice. The park is lucky to have them working so hard at keeping it so pretty. So in closing I would like to say, Thank You Friends Of Acadia for being here.

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Helping with the "Hike the Book" hiking club.

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