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A Magazine about Acadia National Park and Surrounding


									          Summer 2011
      Volume 16 No. 2
25th Anniversary Issue

                   A Magazine about Acadia National Park and Surrounding Communities
Whether driving, walking, bicycling, or riding the Island Explorer
through the park, we all must pay the entrance fee. Eighty percent
of all fees paid in the park stay in the park, to be used for projects
that directly benefit park visitors and resources.

The Acadia National Park $20 weekly pass ($10 in the offseason)
and $40 annual pass are available at the following locations:

Open Year-Round:
Acadia National Park Headquarters (Eagle Lake Road)

Open May through November:
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Thompson Island Information Center
Sand Beach Entrance Station
Bar Harbor Village Green Bus Center
Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds
Jordan Pond and Cadillac Mountain Gift Shops

For more information visit
  President’s Column


     n a mere quarter century, the idea sparked                                                                  pleted, and the grants continue to be paid—
     on a hike in the park has become a lead-                                                                    totaling more than $3 million to date.
     ing example of citizen stewardship of                                                                       However, there is more to this partnership
national parks. Since it was established in                                                                      than the funding—it is the commitment
1986, Friends has grown from a 5-person                                                                          that FOA will not replace federal dollars,
steering committee to an organization with                                                                       but will always strive to strengthen the park’s
25 board members, 10 full-time staff, 13                                                                         ability to do its work.
seasonal staff, and more than 3,500 mem-                                                                            Today, Friends of Acadia participates at a
bers. All have influenced the course of FOA.                                                                     national level in discussions that might lead
Individuals are the common thread through-                                                                       to impacts in our national parks. What affects
out FOA’s history—its creation, growth, and                                                                      the National Park System will ultimately
current strength. Individuals who love,                                                                          affect Acadia. FOA shares the on-the-ground
respect, and need Acadia National Park, and                                                                      perspective of individuals who visit and live
who feel responsible and grateful.                                                                               adjacent to a national park. Acadia’s splendor
   In early July, we received a letter from an                                                                   has an economic, inspirational, and physical
11-year-old new member from New Hamp-                                                                            impact on those who work, dream, and

                                                                                                  Noreen Hogan
shire named Ryan, which demonstrates                                                                             recreate here.
inspiration leading to action. Ryan wrote:                                                                          Friends of Acadia’s mission includes the
   “On June 26 to July 2, my family and I                                                                        surrounding communities. This commitment
went to Bar Harbor on vacation. When I                                                                           to work toward the protection of Acadia, both
was on vacation, we went to many different          As we build on our history                                   inside and out of its boundaries, reflects a
amazing places, but my favorite place was                                                                        mature understanding of the interwoven
Acadia National Park. I saw so many amaz-
                                                    of conservation partnership,                                 character of the park—on MDI and at
ing views and learned a lot. I learned about        we thank the many individuals                                Schoodic and Isle au Haut.
all the islands, and how many wealthy peo-          who were inspired to become                                     Our anniversary provides an opportunity
ple there are on the island…. My family and                                                                      not simply to reflect on accomplishments,
I went on a lobster boat and learned about          the first Friends of Acadia and                              but also to take stock about what matters
lobsters and we got to see a lot of seals. I wish   those who are building on that                               today. Together, Friends of Acadia and the
I could be just like a lobster and lose a part                                                                   park are looking for solutions to problems
of my body and replace it by growing a new                                                                       that have changed since 1986—like how to
one. My favorite part was going kayaking. We                                                                     protect the remaining privately held lands
saw many of the islands close up while we           munities to understand the complex rela-                     inside Acadia’s legislated boundary; how to
were looking at the wildlife, and getting           tionship of which Acadia is an integral part.                use technology to serve as a portal, rather
exercise. I learned that if I go to the top of      From our earliest days of serving as a liaison               than a diversion, to nurture a sense of con-
Cadillac Mountain at around 4 a.m. that we          between “town and gown,” as founder                          nection with nature in our future stewards;
could be the first people in the United States      Marianne Edwards described FOA, we have                      and how to balance vital protection of Acadia
to see the sun rise. I am making a donation         developed the abilities, skills, and respect to              with a meaningful experience. As we build
because I want you to be able to keep Bar           accomplish vital conservation and to be heard                on our history of private stewardship partner-
Harbor and Acadia National Park as it is now.”      as knowledgeable advocates for Acadia.                       ship, we thank the many individuals who
   Ryan understands and wants to be part of            With time, the organization has grown in                  were inspired to become the first Friends of
our highest goal—to preserve Acadia and the         its scope—requiring an ever-more-strategic                   Acadia and those who are building on that
communities that flank its boundaries so that       understanding of what a friends group can                    legacy. Acadia is a better park for the care that
we and those who follow will have the oppor-        and should do, and also what it should refrain               we all provide.
tunity to discover one of Earth’s most mag-         from doing. A strategic FOA success was the
nificent places.                                    establishment of a $4 million maintenance
   Over these past 25 years, FOA has devel-         endowment to match a $4 million federal
oped a strong partnership with Acadia, dis-         appropriation for the reconstruction of
agreeing respectfully when necessary, and           Acadia’s carriage roads. The match was met
listening to park users and the local com-          on both sides, the reconstruction was com-                                             —Marla S. O’Byrne
Friends of Acadia Journal                                                                                                                            Summer 2011     1
                                 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                  Edward L. Samek, Chair
                                   John Fassak, Vice Chair
                                      Ed Lipkin, Treasurer
                                 Michael Siklosi, Secretary

                                                Emily Beck
                                              Fred Benson
                                           Brownie Carson
                                                 Gail Clark
                                     Hannah Sistare Clark
                                             Andrew Davis                                 Summer 2011
                                         Nathaniel Fenton                             Volume 16 No. 2
                                            Cookie Horner                       25th Anniversary Issue
                                                Jack Kelley
                                           Barbara McLeod
                                        Meredith Moriarty           A Magazine about Acadia National Park and Surrounding Communities
                                          Marla S. O’Byrne
                                              Andrea Perry
                                                    Lili Pew
                                                Donna Reis
                                               Jack Russell
                                            Nonie Sullivan
                                   Christiaan van Heerden
                                                 Dick Wolf
                                               Bill Zoellick

                                 HONORARY TRUSTEES
                                             Eleanor Ames
                                    Robert and Anne Bass
                                 Curtis and Patricia Blake
                                  Robert and Sylvia Blake
                                    Frederic A. Bourke Jr.
                                Tristram and Ruth Colket
                                                 Gail Cook
                                   Shelby and Gale Davis       FEATURE ARTICLES
                                            Dianna Emory
                                        Frances Fitzgerald      8 Volunteer Stewards at the Root                                                    Terry Begley
                                       Sheldon Goldthwait            The development of one of FOA’s signature programs
                                            Neva Goodwin
                                 Paul and Eileen Growald       10 Building a Legacy Together                              Keith Johnston and Alan Farnsworth
                                      John and Polly Guth
                                               Paul Haertel          Conserving the carriage roads
                                                   Lee Judd
                                                Debby Lash     13 25th Anniversary Scrapbook
                                               Linda Lewis
                                               Liz Martinez    17 A Feeling I Wouldn’t Trade for the World                                          Ellie Mason
                                                Julia Merck          Service Learning in Acadia
                             Gerrish and Phoebe Milliken
                           George J. and Heather Mitchell      18 A Community Trail Takes Shape in Trenton                                          Terry Begley
                                           Joseph Murphy             A hidden gem behind the Acadia Gateway Center
                                          Janneke Neilson
                                            Nancy Nimick
                                               Jack Perkins
                                                               19 Pemetic Students Study Trash at the FOA Roadside Cleanup                        Bonnie Burne
                                               Nancy Pyne            Science takes to the road in Southwest Harbor
                                           Louis Rabineau
                                         Nathaniel P. Reed     ACTIVITIES/HIGHLIGHTS
                                           Ann R. Roberts
                                         David Rockefeller      5    Memorial: Sandy Walter
                                             Jeannine Ross      7    Special Person: Kate Vanoff
                                              Patricia Scull
                                         Howard Solomon        21    Updates
                                               Erwin Soule     27    Advocacy Corner
                                      Diana Davis Spencer

                                   EMERITUS TRUSTEES           DEPARTMENTS
                                         W. Kent Olson          1    President’s Column              Friends of Acadia at 25 Years             Marla S. O’Byrne
                                     Charles R. Tyson Jr.
                                                                3    Superintendent’s View           Securing Acadia’s Future                   Sheridan Steele
                           FRIENDS OF ACADIA STAFF
             Theresa Begley, Projects & Events Coordinator
                                                                6    Poem                            Plate 345 Seaside Sparrow                  Jeanie Tomasko
                      Mary Boëchat, Development Assistant      28    Chariman’s Letter               Thank You for this Gift of Giving Back!            Lili Pew
                       Sharon Broom, Development Officer
   Sheree Castonguay, Accounting & Administrative Associate
Aimee Beal Church, Communications & Outreach Coordinator
                Stephanie Clement, Conservation Director
               Lisa Horsch Clark, Director of Development
   Diana R. McDowell, Director of Finance & Administration
                               Marla S. O’Byrne, President
                              Mike Staggs, Office Manager

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Superintendent’s View


           s we celebrate the 25th anniversary                                                                        As the author Richard Louv said so well,
           of Friends of Acadia and look                                                                              “lacking direct experience with nature,
           ahead to the 100th anniversary of                                                                          children begin to associate it with fear and
Acadia National Park in 2016, it is important                                                                         apocalypse, not joy and wonder.”
for us to think about common concerns                                                                                    Our goal is to challenge this. We know that
related to Acadia’s future. What are the real                                                                         national parks are more than a great place
issues that will affect Acadia over the                                                                               to vacation. They must be places where
next 25 years and beyond? Although I do not                                                                           Americans learn about their heritage, become
pretend to have a crystal ball, there is one                                                                          inspired by the natural world around them,
facet of the equation that seems obvious—                                                                             and develop lifelong interests that include the
people. Since the early 1900s, people have                                                                            need to conserve important natural resources
shaped the destiny of Acadia not only with                                                                            for the next generation and beyond. Research
their vision, but with their donations of time,                                                                       is showing that kids who spend time in
money, and land, as well as other efforts to                                                                          nature are better critical thinkers, more
preserve this island’s spectacular natural                                                                            creative, do better in math and science, and
values. Throughout my 35-year career, I have                                                                          have less stress in their lives. At Acadia, we
seen countless examples of individual effort                                                                          are seeking ways to use technology to lead
to benefit the common good, particularly as                                                                           kids into nature, not away from it. We want
it relates to protecting national parks for the                                                                       the youngest generation to see Acadia for

                                                                                                      Peter Travers
coming generations. Until recently, I have                                                                            what it is today and must be into the future—
taken such public support for granted. After                                                                          a place for discovery, for physical challenge
all, national parks are truly special places                                                                          and personal creativity, for serenity amidst
filled with family fun, things to learn, and,                                                                         the chaos and complexity, and for making
of course, inspiration.                              Long-term stewardship of our                                     good choices. We want them to experience
   As technology threads its way into every          national parks will depend on                                    life in the real world rather than viewing it
aspect of life, I notice a shift in lifestyles and                                                                    virtually through a screen.
interests that I find alarming. Television began     choices made by today’s youth                                       Friends of Acadia and our other partners
with three channels of fairly bland program-         and the youth of the future.                                     are helping us to develop new programs and
ming; today most households have multiple                                                                             initiatives that will truly engage youth in their
televisions each with 100-plus channels of                                                                            national park and enlist the next generation
action-packed fare available around the clock,          Quite simply, I believe long-term steward-                    of stewards, committed to protection like
even capturing nature at its wildest and most        ship of our national parks will depend on                        generations before them. We hope to make
surreal moments. The internet has grown into         choices made by today’s youth and the youth                      Acadia the “most kid-friendly park,” with
an all-encompassing window to the world.             of the future. We must find new ways to                          a dynamic array of innovative youth
Online games create virtual opportunities for        connect kids to “their” national parks and                       programs—like excellent service-learning
people to do things they cannot do in real           to nature. Today’s youth, saturated by tech-                     projects, introductory career programs for
life, and many people enjoy someone else’s           nology, “experience” the world from pixels                       teens, and the FOA-funded 2011 Youth
adventures through YouTube rather than               on a computer screen rather than a moun-                         Technology Team—to create things for kids
attempting their own. According to the               tain overlook, or from sounds on their iPods                     by kids. Over the next 25 years, we hope that
Frasier Foundation, kids under age 18 are            instead of frog calls at a nearby pond. Middle                   Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia
spending more than 7.5 hours per day, or             schoolers seem too busy playing games on                         together will become a national model for
more than 50 hours per week, using elec-             their cell phones or iPads to care what is                       youth shaping the future of America’s great
tronic media. Little time is left to explore the     happening around them, often ignoring the                        national parks.
neighborhood creek or forest like I did as a         wonder of nature and their natural environ-
child. What will happen to national parks            ment. Unfortunately, for many youth, the
when people don’t have time for nature and           virtual world is more popular and conven-
the real world outdoors?                             ient than the real world all around them.                                                     —Sheridan Steele

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   Notes from Friends                        see all the people that were already there
  Keeps Friends Connected to Acadia                   and then the Friends of Acadia vans with a
                                                      caravan of cars following them. What you                          Summer 2011
  Thank you so much for posting these
                                                      did was wonderful not just for what you                       Volume 16 No. 2
  pictures [on Facebook]! We come once a                                                                        25 Anniversary Issue
                                                      did, but with the warmth and caring
  year in the Fall and these pictures reinforce                                                                        A Magazine about Acadia National Park
                                                      you put into it. You are all very special
  all the great feelings we have about Acadia!                                                                            and Surrounding Communities
                                                      people. Al would be so proud and grateful,
  Thank you again.
                                                      as we are. Thank you so much—we really                      Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and
                              —Jacki Hagmayer         appreciate all of this.                                     promotes stewardship of the outstanding
                                  Pennsylvania                                                                        natural beauty, ecological vitality,
                                                                            —The Al Butler Family                    and distinctive cultural resources of
                                                                          Southwest Harbor, Maine                  Acadia National Park and surrounding
                                                                                                                       communities for the inspiration
  Al Butler Memorial Trail Cleanup                    Acadia Quest                                                      and enjoyment of current and
  We want to thank everyone from the                  It’s been nice and relaxing to go on the                                future generations.
  bottom of our hearts that participated in           Quest missions and free our minds of                       The Journal is published three times a year.
  helping clean up the trail. Especially Mary         everything going on. And to be able to do                          Submissions are welcome.
  Jones, who got Friends of Acadia involved,          it without spending a lot of money has                            Opinions expressed are the authors’.
  the 50 or so volunteers of Friends of               been a tremendous help. Thank you so
  Acadia, all the employees at the town of            much for your hard work with Friends of                                   You may write us at
  Tremont who have already been involved              Acadia so families can enjoy the great                               43 Cottage Street / PO Box 45
  since the beginning. The Quietside Ice                                                                                     Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
                                                      Acadia experience.
                                                                                                                                  or contact us at
  Cream Shop and our family and friends.                                        —Jillian Dupuis                                    207-288-3340
  When we drove in it was very moving to                                          Veazie, Maine                                    800-625-0321
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                                                                                                                 Cover photograph by Mike Kennedy/Acadia Air Tours

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Wise Friend and Ebullient Champion

              ith the passing of Chrysandra                                                                               years later, the event continues as the Lowell
              (Sandy) Walter, Friends of                                                                                  Folk Festival, the largest free folk festival in
              Acadia, Acadia National Park,                                                                               the nation. Through this newfound love of
and the National Park Service have lost a wise                                                                            music, Sandy met her husband, Seamus
friend and ebullient champion. When Sandy                                                                                 Connolly, an internationally known master
succumbed to cancer this March, she was                                                                                   of Irish traditional music. Together, Sandy
completing her second year on the Friends                                                                                 and Seamus worked to further the Celtic
of Acadia Board of Directors.                                                                                             music, song, and dance tradition.
    Sandy’s full, rich adult life was dedicated                                                                               In 2007, Sandy retired with Seamus to
to conserving America’s natural and histori-                                                                              North Yarmouth, Maine. Ever a lover of our
cal heritage. A child of the golden west, she                                                                             national parks, she soon launched a line of
set her course early, taking her San José State                                                                           jewelry inspired by the distinct beauty of each
University degree in park administration and                                                                              national park. And, like so many before her,
recreation management into a 38-year career                                                                               she fell in love with Acadia. “Acadia is my
with the National Park Service (NPS). In                                                                                  national park, now!” she told colleagues and
those years, through ten assignments, she                                                                                 friends. To our great good fortune, Friends

                                                                                                  National Park Service
explored 24 states in all regions of the coun-                                                                            of Acadia drew on Sandy’s love of the park
try, beginning as a new ranger at Point Reyes                                                                             to enlist her as a member of the FOA Board
National Seashore and concluding as the                                                                                   in 2009. Board Chair Lili Pew found her
Deputy Director of the Northeast Region of                                                                                wisdom invaluable at a key time in the
the NPS.                                                                                                                  history of Friends. “When I first met Sandy
    Sandy was a natural teacher of nature and                                                                             during her board interview, I knew she would
national history. Her early assignments often     Sandy’s depth of experience,                                            be the focal point of knowledge, insight,
drew on those gifts: environmental education      her wisdom and her commit-                                              and drive that would propel our ongoing
in the Pacific Northwest, interpretation in                                                                               advocacy work to a best-in-class level, which
New York, and superintendant at the Lyndon        ment to the cause made her an                                           would become a model of success for friends
B. Johnson National Historical Park. As her       extraordinary addition to the                                           groups across the nation. She worked tire-
NPS responsibilities grew, she helped others                                                                              lessly and courageously through her illness
                                                  Friends of Acadia Board. Her
acquire and focus those skills. She led a                                                                                 to participate in the advocacy task force,
national workgroup making recommenda-             knowledge, ready smile, and                                             and was a voice of forceful resolve to find bet-
tions for improvements to the National Park       enthusiasm inspired us all.                                             ter ways for us to be effective advocates. I
Service’s education and interpretation pro-                                                                               know each of us will carry her words, guid-
grams and also led initiatives to make parks                                                                              ance, and passion forth in all our efforts, with
and their stories relevant to the nation’s            The signature opportunity in Sandy’s Park                           a smile of appreciation and gratitude for our
diverse populations.                              Service career was as superintendant of the                             lessons well learned. I will miss you, Sandy.”
    Sandy taught her colleagues and is            young Lowell National Historical Park from                                  We did not have Sandy Walter with us for
remembered as an ever-candid mentor to            1984 to 1992. She oversaw major capital                                 as long as she and we wished, but she became
regional and park staff. Acadia superinten-       development, including the rehabilitation of                            our dedicated, resourceful, and inspiring
dant Sheridan Steele recalls, “Sandy was a        Boott Mill as the park museum, and estab-                               friend. Says FOA President Marla O’Byrne,
dedicated National Park Service profession-       lished the Tsongas Industrial History Center                            “Sandy modeled the strength of partnerships,
al in every sense of the word. She was a coura-   to serve school children and their teachers—                            professionally and as a volunteer, sharing the
geous leader and always put the best inter-       a program so successful that school classes                             very best of what she had to give. Her life,
ests of the national parks and the employees      now visit from all over the country.                                    dedicated to our national parks, illustrates
ahead of all else. Her depth of experience,           Working in collaboration with Joe Wilson,                           the commitment and bonds of what is truly
her wisdom and her commitment to the              former director of the National Council for                             an extended family. We will miss this family
cause made her an extraordinary addition to       Traditional Arts at the U.S. Library of                                 member.” ❧
the Friends of Acadia Board. Her knowledge,       Congress, Sandy helped to establish the
ready smile, and enthusiasm inspired us all.”     Lowell National Folk Festival. Twenty-five                                                              —Jack Russell
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          Submissions are invited for the 2011                                                       Poem

         FRIENDS OF ACADIA                                                            Friends of Acadia
            POETRY PRIZE                                                              2010 Poetry Prize
                                                                                      Honorable Mention
    “The future of this world lies in the relationship we have with it.
    Poetry helps develop an understanding and appreciation of—and a
    connection with—the world around us.”
                                                                          Plate 345        Seaside Sparrow
                                         —Kate Barnes
                                          former Maine Poet Laureate      I know that hope is the hardest love we carry
                                                                          —Jane Hirschfield
    Established in 1998, the Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize is awarded
    biannually to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry.        What you want is the saltwash
    Three winning poems will be published in the Friends of Acadia        of high tide, the breeze of the sea
    Journal (print and online), and awarded prizes by category:
                                                                          pushing against your primaries,
                          ~ 1st place:    $350                            words to one old prayer of bones
                          ~ 2nd place:    $250                            this light.
                          ~ 3rd place:    $150

                                                                          What you want is a firm stand
                                                                          of hollow sea grass,
    Submit up to 3 nature-based poems, each of 30 lines or fewer.
    Entries must be original and unpublished. Simultaneous submis-        should you return.
    sions are permitted; please notify us immediately if a poem is
    accepted for publication elsewhere. There is no fee to enter.         What you want is to be sure
    Postmark deadline: January 30, 2012                                   of what to do on a day like this
                                                                          when the heart in your chest
    F O R M AT                                                            wants to be fire given a chance
    Submit each poem on a separate page. Include a cover sheet with
                                                                          with wind.
    your name, address, and the titles of the poems you are submit-
    ting. Do not include your name on manuscript(s).

    For notification of results, include a business-sized SASE.
                                                                          Jeanie Tomasko’s poems have appeared in Lilliput Review,
    Manuscripts will not be returned.                                     The Midwest Quarterly, Verse Wisconsin, Avocet, and Fox Cry
                                                                          Review, among others. Her first chapbook, Tricks of Light, is
                                                                          forthcoming from Parallel Press (2011). She loves the Maine
    If you wish to receive a copy of the Friends of Acadia Journal in     coast and spent many summers in Maine as a child. She works
    which the 1st place poem is published, include a self-addressed       as a home health nurse in Madison, Wisconsin. “Plate 345
    envelope, at least 9” x 12”, with $2.00 postage attached. (This is    Seaside Sparrow” was first published in Verse Wisconsin online.
    in addition to a business-sized SASE for notification.)

                       Please send all entries to:
                     Editor, Friends of Acadia Journal
                    PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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 Special Person


         ate Vanoff first got involved in Friends
         of Acadia through close friend Story
         Litchfield, who is a Friends of Acadia
member, Benefit volunteer, and overall park
enthusiast and supporter. In 2006 Kate was
invited to be on the Friends of Acadia
Development Committee—the same year the
committee was also looking to create a
signature event for Friends of Acadia that
was purely focused on youth. The purpose
of the event was to introduce the island’s
young people (year-round, seasonal, and
tourist alike) to the great activities available
in the park. Friends of Acadia established a
planning committee for the event, to be called
“Family Fun Day,” and Kate enthusiastically
agreed to serve as chair. It was a perfect fit,
and through it Kate found her niche with
FOA. “As a mother of young children I
thought it would be fun to have an event
that would showcase all there is to do in
the park in a very kid-friendly setting,” Kate
   Each year Kate brings her own style and
enthusiasm, along with a small cadre of vol-
unteers, to the Family Fun Day event. As an
avid equestrian, Kate makes sure that eques-
trian activities are part of the event, includ-     For Kate (left) and Marina Vanoff, every day in Acadia is a family fun day.
ing pony and carriage rides. Her quest for
adventure is reflected in her desire to include     ful harbors. When Nick suggested the                    get involved with FOA. “Why wouldn’t I want
a rock climbing wall—a favorite activity            family look for a summer home in Maine,                 to become a part of Friends of Acadia?
among the attendees—but she also welcomes           Kate resisted. Having summered on Long                  Nothing beats hiking up to the top of
activities like art in nature, fly-fishing, trail   Island, NY, Kate was accustomed to miles of             Parkman, Gilmore, Sargent, or Cadillac—take
building demonstrations, and kids just being        sandy beaches and warm summer waters. “I                your pick—reaching the top and looking
kids: exploring the Sieur de Monts site,            thought Maine was beautiful, but, come                  out over the island to the vast water views.
looking for salamanders under rocks, or             on—the ocean is cold and the beaches are                This is worth protecting!”
dip-netting in the stream. “Family Fun Day          rocky. Water, water everywhere, but not a                  Friends of Acadia is fortunate to have a
is a fun and educational opportunity for            drop to swim in!” she jokes. Eventually Nick            volunteer like Kate who recognizes the
both young and old alike to take in all the         “won out” and the couple began looking for              importance of cultivating future park users
park has to offer—plus get your face paint-         a home in Maine. “We looked in a few areas              who will in turn become the future stewards
ed, climb a rock wall, and get a pony ride”         in Maine, but MDI was where we wanted                   of Acadia. Says Kate, “It is my sincere pleas-
she says.                                           to be because of Acadia National Park. No               ure to be a part of Family Fun Day. I am proud
   It was Kate’s husband Nick who first dis-        place else had such a jewel in their backyard.”         of Family Fun Day.” And we are proud to
covered Acadia National Park on a boat trip            Once settled in as a summer resident of              count Kate among our friends. ❧
with family friends; it left quite an impres-       the island, it didn’t take long for Kate and
sion on him. Nick always remembered it to           Nick to want to give back to Acadia. Kate
be a place with amazing hiking and beauti-          eagerly said yes when Story asked Kate to                                               —Terry Begley

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                                VOLUNTEER STEWARDS AT THE ROOT
                                                                    Terry Begley

          rom the beginning, Friends of Acadia
          has been rooted in hands-on steward-
          ship of Acadia National Park. In the
  early 80s, Marianne Edwards was volun-
  teering at the Acadia Visitor Center desk but
  became interested in other ways to help the
  park. Chronic federal underfunding for
  several decades had left Acadia with a large
  backlog of maintenance work, and the trail
  crew welcomed the assistance of Marianne
  and a small group of volunteers out on the
  trails. When, on a naturalist hike in Sep-
  tember of 1985, Stephen Koster asked
  Marianne if a friends group model had ever
  been considered as a way to channel phil-
  anthropic support for the park, Marianne
  quickly recognized that an organization of
  individuals could do more than just raise
  funds. Her own experience suggested that it
  could play an active role within the park by
  supporting volunteers on Acadia’s trails and
  carriage roads and by serving as a liaison
  between the park and communities. Months
  later, Marianne Edwards, still a volunteer

                                                                                                                                                              Roger Thompson
  in Acadia, found herself on the founding
  committee of Friends of Acadia. The founders
  defined the purpose of FOA to be: 1) the
                                                   A Friends of Acadia volunteer crew—including (left to right) Jack Hirschenhofer, Mike Hays, Bruce Denny-
  promotion of better community under-
                                                   Brown, and (not pictured) Roger Thompson and Cliff Olson—built this new footbridge across Jordan Stream
  standing, 2) fundraising, and 3) to be active    this spring.
  in volunteer recruitment.
     Fueled by the desire of park users to “give   Friends of Acadia began leading volunteers           proper techniques of trail work, and finally
  back” to Acadia, Friends of Acadia began         on Thursday afternoons, and the park                 specific assignments. FOA began to provide
  encouraging and assisting volunteers who         worked with groups like the Appalachian              tools. As the skill level and experience of the
  wanted to help out on the trails and carriage    Mountain Club, University of Maine, and the          volunteer leaders increased, volunteer groups
  roads. A group of avid park hikers—the           Boy Scouts. A volunteer program was taking           were no longer limited to cutting back vege-
  Downeast Outing Club, led by Anna and            off on its own, though still piecemeal in            tation and cleaning drainage (although still
  George Buck—began doing maintenance              format, which would become the longest-              a crucial part of the program); volunteers
  work on the park trails and carriage roads       standing partnership program between                 learned to maintain cairns, build drainage
  that gave them such pleasure. Every Tuesday      Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park.          ditches, build and install bog walk, grade
  the group would tackle a project. By 1990,         Over the next few years, the program grew.         trails, and complete other “smaller” projects—
  George Feltus, a volunteer at the park and       Each group worked in conjunction with                allowing Acadia’s professional crew to do
  member of FOA, began leading volunteer           Acadia’s volunteer coordinator and trails fore-      more skilled and heavy work. The extra
  groups out on Saturday mornings to perform       man, and each volunteer leader was trained           assistance also allowed the park to expand
  necessary light work such as clearing leaves     by park staff. From the beginning, safety            projects on the western side of Mount Desert
  from culverts and drainages, cutting over-       was the most important consideration, then           Island, an area that had been neglected in
  grown brush, and rebuilding rock cairns.         the proper use of tools to the program,              the past.

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   By the late 1990s, Friends of Acadia’s                                                            strong connection with Acadia and a skill
stewardship volunteer program had taken            Volunteer in Acadia                               set necessary for a good leader: good com-
the basic shape it maintains to this day.          Discover the reward (and fun!)                    munication skills, a sense of humor, dedica-
The program roles were twofold. First,                     of giving back                            tion to the job at hand, and a work-hard ethic.
FOA recruited and organized the trail and                                                            “I have been working with volunteers at
carriage road volunteers who met every             WHEN                                              Acadia, in one way or another, since 1987
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from June          Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday             and am constantly amazed by their willing-
through November, with more than a dozen           8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.                               ness to give something back. They are truly
experienced volunteer crew leaders leading         June through mid-October.                         inspirational. When I am in my seventies, I
the work projects. In addition, Friends of                                                           can only hope that I am as willing and able
Acadia donated thousands of dollars each           HOW                                               to do as they do,” says Jonathan Gormley,
year to the program, providing funds to pur-       Meet at Acadia National Park                      the ANP volunteer coordinator.
chase tools and equipment, provide water           Headquarters                                         The Friends of Acadia volunteer crew
and snacks for volunteers, and advertise           Rte. 233/Eagle Lake Road                          leaders have earned the trust and respect of
and promote the program.                           Please bring insect repellent, water,             the ANP staff, built over time. This took
   As the trail and carriage road volunteer        lunch, and work gloves.                           some time. “Way back, I recall going to park
program expanded, so did the need for more                                                           division chiefs asking them to trust us with
assistance coordinating the program. In            FOR MORE INFORMATION                              more jobs, reminding them that we are an
1997 FOA hired Chris Corwin as the first           Contact FOA at 207-288-3340                       eclectic group of volunteers, with varied
paid field crew leader. Chris worked with          or 207-288-3934. Weekly schedule                  backgrounds and skill sets,” remembers Julia
the ANP volunteer coordinator to support           posted online at              Schloss, current chair of the FOA volunteer
the volunteer crew leaders and, by then,                                                             crew leaders. Over time, park staff started to
hundreds of volunteers who donated thou-                                                             come to the volunteer crew leaders with
sands of hours each summer on Acadia’s                                                               jobs beyond trail and carriage road work.
                                                 The FOA volunteer partner-
trails and carriage roads. The following year                                                        Today, through the effective partnership of
FOA hired Mike Alley, who served as field        ship is driven by the desire of                     ANP, FOA, and the volunteer crew leaders,
crew leader for eleven years.                    individuals to give back to a                       volunteer crews perform essential work
   Today, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Satur-                                                        with invasive species management, vista
day morning the field crew leaders pack up
                                                 natural treasure that has so                        clearing, highlining rocks and boulders from
tools and gloves, collect information from       enriched their own lives.                           quarries to trails for use in constructing
volunteers, and head out for a day’s work in                                                         stairs and walls, reconstructing cobblestone
Acadia. The other weekdays are typically            Trails Foreman Gary Stellpflug says, “One        bridging, engaging and cultivating youth
set aside for one of the dozens of scheduled     hundred percent of the brush cutting on trails      stewards, replacing and rehabilitating car-
groups—students, scouts, outdoor clubs,          and almost all of the cairn maintenance is          riage road signs and picnic tables, construct-
and others—that visit Acadia each year and       handled by volunteers. We would probably            ing barriers to protect sensitive resources, and
contribute hundreds of hours of manual           be eliminating cairns were it not for the           working on village connector trails.
work. Friends of Acadia and Acadia National      Waldron’s Warriors. The brush cutting by               Over the years, the FOA volunteer part-
Park staff plan for thousands of volunteers      volunteers has saved my own crews literally         nership has expanded in many directions,
each year: “The volunteer program takes          thousands of person hours. The brush cut-           all driven by one force: the desire of indi-
lots of coordination with the volunteer co-      ters truly do a magnificent job, which allows       viduals to give back to a natural treasure
ordinator and other park staff to ensure         the trailsides to remain in a natural state.        that has so enriched their own lives. In years
that we have volunteers for all projects and     Volunteers have branched into more com-             ahead, with government budgets eroding
projects for all volunteer abilities, but also   plex projects, too, such as highlining rocks,       and national parks facing continued under-
that that we meet the park’s needs” says         drainage projects, building bridges, and win-       funding, it is certain that the stewardship
Jim Linnane, FOA senior field crew leader.       ter work that helps position us to a faster start   program will be as important as ever in
“Whether the project is brushing or gravel-      in the spring.”                                     Acadia. If the past is any indication, the
ing a trail or raking and weeding along             Working alongside ANP and FOA staff              partnership between Friends of Acadia,
the carriage roads, all the volunteer work is    are the FOA volunteer crew leaders, whose           Acadia National Park, the volunteer crew
necessary and useful, and the park staff         ranks are now at 25. Their skills are as diverse    leaders, and last but not least the volun-
does appreciate the volunteers’ efforts” he      as their backgrounds and personalities.             teers will ensure “happy trails” in Acadia’s
adds. One very important job of the FOA          Retirees, mostly, from a wide range of careers;     future. ❧
field crew leaders is to ensure that every       some of the crew leaders live in the area year
volunteer knows how valuable his or her          round while others are seasonal residents.          TERRY BEGLEY is the projects and events
contribution is to Acadia.                       They have much in common, including a               coordinator at Friends of Acadia.

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                                                                   Park Resources

                             BUILDING A LEGACY TOGETHER:
                                    Keith Johnston, Alan Farnsworth, and the Acadia National Park
                                                      Facility Management Team

          or visitors and residents alike, a
          relaxing walk with companions or bike
          ride along Acadia National Park’s
   rustic carriage roads is the perfect way to
   enjoy one of the finest examples of broken-
   stone roads in America today. With forty-
   five miles to explore by horseback, ski, or
   walking shoe, Acadia’s carriage roads are a
   testament to how one person’s determination
   can leave behind a legacy for future gener-
   ations to enjoy. The gift of philanthropist
   John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, Acadia’s
   carriage roads are a state-of-the art system
   that reveals the artistry of the workers who
   built the road system between 1913 and
   1940. One glance at the carefully planned

                                                                                                                                                               National Park Service (3)
   vistas, gently curved bridges, and stately
   lines of coping stones leaves one with the
   impression that these roads were intended
   not only to serve as a transportation system—
   they were developed to highlight the beauty
   of nature.                                         During the restoration, bridges were excavated and waterproofing restored.

   Built to Last                                      saturated road beds. Although built to the            The Carriage Roads Today
   Acadia’s carriage roads span approximately         state of the art at that time, annual mainte-         After decades of neglect, the restoration of
   16 feet and were constructed with methods          nance was required to keep road surfaces              the carriage road system was no easy task,
   that required significant skilled hand labor.      intact and culverts functioning.                      and the National Park Service did not do
   The roads are considered “broken-stone                 When the carriage road system was                 it alone. Between 1992 and 1995, an exten-
   roads,” which evolved from the engineering         gifted to Acadia National Park by the family          sive rehabilitation of the carriage roads was
   style developed by John Loudon McAdam              of John D. Rockefeller upon his death in              financed by federal construction funds along
   around 1820, referred to as macadam roads.         1960, the park lacked the resources to add            with matching private funds from Friends of
   Engineered to handle Maine’s capricious            staff to perform annual upkeep. Instead of            Acadia. Woody vegetation was removed from
   coastal weather, they feature carefully placed     Rockefeller’s seasonal maintenance staff of 40,       roads and shoulders. The extensive system
   ditches, stone culverts, multiple layers of        the system now received limited maintenance           of ditches and drainage systems were re-
   increasingly fine rock, and a six- to eight-inch   from the park’s small road crew. Without              established to arrest erosion. Fortunately, the
   crown, all to ensure good drainage from            annual upkeep, leaves and woody growth                well-constructed roads had retained their
   snowmelt and ravaging storms. The final hard       choked the drainage system, erosion led               basic structure. By replacing the lost upper
   surface, compressed by horse-drawn rollers         coping stones to tumble out of place, and the         layer materials, it was possible to restore the
   or steamrollers, was almost impervious to          roads’ condition gradually deteriorated. As           original surface configuration, then finish
   rain. Well drained, the roads would be less        the upper levels of fine material were lost and       with a carefully controlled mix of crushed
   vulnerable to erosion and freeze-thaw cycles,      vegetation grew on the road surface, it became        stone and clay. Coping stones were reset or
   as well as damage from wheels or feet              impossible to maintain the surface slope and          replaced, and some of the historic vistas that
   (whether horse or human) sinking into soft,        erosion accelerated.                                  once greeted horseback riders, carriage

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”Broken-stone road” construction was the most costly and durable road technology of its time. The camber, or crown, ensured that water would drain from
the surface.

drivers, and walkers were reopened. The            as guardrails. Roughly hewn and irregularly              In addition, carriage road maintenance
beautiful granite faced bridges had also           spaced, the stones create a rustic appearance         requires a vast amount of simple physical
fallen into disrepair from lack of maintenance.    and are affectionately called “Rockefeller’s          effort every year. The carriage road crew
Starting in 1996, the National Park Service        teeth.” Like any good dental work, coping             works with and provides oversight to the
began intensive rehabilitation of the bridges      stones need to be flossed regularly and reset         numerous school groups and other organi-
throughout the park road system. All of            when erosion or frost-heaving knock them              zations that arrive with gifts of hand labor.
the bridges in the carriage road network           out of place. Cedar signposts, originally             Volunteers working under the guidance of
were re-pointed; drainage and waterproofing        stained with shingle stain (#248, according           Friends of Acadia contribute thousands of
features were installed or corrected. Rehab-       to Rockefeller’s specifications), were installed      hours to the vital tasks of cleaning ditches
ilitation of the Eagle Lake Bridge concluded       at intersections to direct carriage drivers. The      and culverts, clearing brush, and assisting
that effort in 2010. Today, Acadia’s carriage      signposts of today are untreated, white cedar.        park staff with other restoration projects.
roads are considered the best example of bro-      Numbers that match maps and guidebooks                During the winter months, volunteers build
ken-stone roads in America.                        are attached to the signposts to help users           replacement carriage road signs and posts,
                                                   find their way. Periodically, worn signposts          meticulously following historic construc-
Preservation Maintenance                           and signs must be replaced with new ones              tion standards. Other groups, such as the
The matching funds raised by Friends of            that mirror the originals.                            University of Maine Forestry program, work
Acadia established the carriage roads endow-
ment in 1995. Each year, FOA grants more
than $200,000 from this endowment to the
park to ensure that the carriage road system
will be maintained in close to its original
condition. Maintenance occurs in accordance
with a preservation maintenance plan,
developed by historical landscape architects
approved by the Maine Historic Preservation
Commission. The endowment supports
six national park employees who lead the
bulk of the work efforts. These folks run the
grader, backhoe, flail mower, chipper, York
rake, roller, bucket trucks, dump trucks,
chainsaws, and numerous other tools
needed to manage the roads. They have
creatively modified standard equipment,
making rubber-bladed graders and chain-
link-fence draggers to better groom the
historic roads.
   Many elements of the carriage roads
require skill and care to maintain. The large      Grading or dragging the roads followed by compacting with vibratory roller keeps the road surface smooth,
granite coping stones line the roads and serve     hard, and nearly impervious to rain.

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                                                                                                              Each year, FOA grants more
                                                                                                              than $200,000 from this
                                                                                                              endowment to the park to
                                                                                                              ensure that the carriage road
                                                                                                              system will be maintained
                                                                                                              in close to its original con-
                                                                                                              dition. Maintenance occurs in
                                                                                                              accordance with a preserv-
                                                                                                              ation maintenance plan, devel-
                                                                                                              oped by historical landscape

                                                                                                              down to the sub-grades. The alert user may
                                                                                                              notice the tops of many of the large found-
                                                                                                              ation stones now exposed through the
                                                                                                              thin surface material. The park is develop-
                                                                                                              ing plans to fully restore this final section of
                                                                                                              the carriage road system, and is working on
                                                                                                              securing funding for the project.

                                                                                                              A Spirit of Philanthropy
                                                                                                              Park volunteers, visitors, and groups like
                                                                                                              Friends of Acadia are continuing a
                                                                                                              tradition of philanthropy begun by John
                                                                                                              D. Rockefeller Jr. and other early con-
                                                                                                              servationists. Generous private donations
                                                                                                              of funding and equipment, as well as time
                                                                                                              and physical effort, support the massive
   Thousands of volunteer hours each year keep the carriage roads’ drainways and culverts clear, the vistas
                                                                                                              effort of caring for the carriage roads. At
   open, and the carriage roads in top condition.
                                                                                                              the end of the day, much of what it takes
   in cooperation with the park on sustainable          Recreational Fee Demonstration Program,               to manage and maintain this intricate net-
   vista management and maintenance through-            also helps fund carriage road maintenance.            work is invisible to the many that enjoy
   out the system. The concessioner at Wild-            Federal funds and park user fees continue             it—further enhancing the seamless enjoy-
   wood Stables, who offers horse-drawn car-            to support preventative maintenance on the            ment of the natural wonders of Acadia. ❧
   riage rides to visitors wishing to experience        carriage road bridges to prevent them from
   the roads as originally intended, regularly          falling into their former state; this includes        The following Acadia National Park staff contributed
   cleans the roads used by the horses.                 ongoing re-pointing, cleaning, and water-             to this article:
       Park staff aggressively pursue funding           proofing. User fees have also funded annual           KEITH JOHNSTON
   from multiple sources in the National Park           projects, including repairing stone walls             Facility Management Specialist
   Service to support maintenance and project           and opening overgrown vistas. More than               ALAN FARNSWORTH
   work years in advance. The park has recent-          one hundred vistas have been restored in              Roads Foreman
   ly acquired federal cyclic funding to main-          the past ten years.                                   JIM VEKASI
   tain the surface grade of the network and is             The Eagle Lake carriage road is next.             Chief of Maintenance
   working to develop engineering surveys and           Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the loop            CLAY GILLEY
                                                                                                              Civil Engineer
   formal recommendations to address repeti-            around Eagle Lake was always the most
   tive washout areas to mitigate soil loss. A por-     popular and so the best maintained. As a              TERRY BLANCHARD
   tion of park user fees, authorized by the            result, it was the only section not restored          Carriage Road Work Leader
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                                                “Nobody even has to be told
                                                what to do. It’s neat to see
   1                                            volunteers from the park
                                                and volunteers from the
   9                                            community working side
                                                by side.”

                                  rbor Tim

                                                ~Meg Scheid
                                                ANP Volunteer Coordinator
                         e Bar Ha

                 from th

     “I think the next time
     I run or walk around
     here I’ll have a sense
     of pride.”
                ~Jake Jacobson

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                                                                   Youth Voices

                                                                      Ellie Mason

           ne of the largest projects each fresh-
           man at Mount Desert Island High
           School has to complete is a service
learning project. Service learning is like com-
munity service, but instead of simply partic-
ipating once, you try to solve an issue or
change the way it is looked at. Instead of
just doing the work, you’re teaching and edu-
cating people on an issue, and on how other
people can help. To start the project off you
have to pick something meaningful to you. I
chose volunteering in Acadia National Park.
   Over the past five or so years my family has
volunteered in Acadia, typically on Take Pride
in Acadia Day. I never quite knew what
sparked my mom to take us, but one thing’s
for sure: I am so glad she did. This day is ded-
icated to cleaning the carriage road drainage        Ellie created an exhibit to share what she learned about volunteering with other Mount Desert Island High
systems of all the leaves from the fall so the       School students
roads can drain when snow starts to melt in
spring. Friends of Acadia provides food and          down in the tunnels to rake the leaves out            teering draws the community together. It
T-shirts, and it’s such a fun time, which makes      than it is for an adult. We kids took to the          allows you to get to know your neighbors,
it hard not to want to come back the next            challenge and raced to clean out the drainage         and unites everyone under one cause. I think
year! Each year the experience gets better and       tunnels as fast as possible. Some of us even          it’s so important for younger students and
better. I am proud to be able to tell people         crawled completely through just for fun! It           children to help out in the park because it
that I’ve contributed to make many miles of          was fun to be able to do something that the           provides a great chance to be outside and
park land, which people from all over the            adults couldn’t do, and it also helped out            learn about Acadia. And volunteering in the
world enjoy, a better place. Acadia is our           the park because the drainage tunnels are             park teaches children a sense of responsibil-
backyard, and it’s our responsibility as mem-        very important to keep clean.                         ity and respect for their surroundings—life
bers of this community to keep our backyard             As part of my project, I researched the            lessons that can help young children succeed
clean and healthy.                                   history of FOA and other volunteer organi-            later on in life.
   This year at Take Pride in Acadia Day, the        zations on MDI. I also researched policies that           Another reason to volunteer is that your
weather was not ideal but the event was still        affect volunteering, and current solutions to         work makes a huge difference in many
on. Especially memorable was cleaning out            the issue. One thing my project focuses on            people’s lives. The park is used by so many
the drainage tunnels that run under the car-         is why it is so important to volunteer in your        people from all over the world, and the
riage roads. Being a kid, it’s a lot easier to get   community, and one answer is that volun-              work volunteers do really makes a differ-
                                                                                                           ence to the people who come from far away
                                                                                                           to enjoy the beauty of our backyard. The park
                                                                                                           impacts so many people and it gives a great
I think it’s so important for younger students and children to                                             sense of pride to give back to such an impor-
help out in the park because it provides a great chance to be                                              tant cause. It’s a feeling I wouldn’t trade for
                                                                                                           the world. ❧
outside and learn about Acadia. And volunteering in the park
teaches children a sense of responsibility and respect for
                                                                                                           ELLIE MASON will be entering 10th grade at
their surroundings—life lessons that can help young children                                               MDI High School in the fall. She loves to read
                                                                                                           and has been doing gymnastics for most of
succeed later on in life.                                                                                  her life. She loves to be outside and in Acadia
                                                                                                           National Park, and enjoys volunteering for
                                                                                                           Friends of Acadia.

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        IN MEMORIAM                                                  Village Connector Trails
     We gratefully acknowledge gifts
        received in memory of:

                 Robert Apgar
                                                           A COMMUNITY TRAIL
                 Jamie Benson
               Sigrid Berwind
                                                         TAKES SHAPE IN TRENTON
          Edward McCormick Blair
              Wilmer Bradbury                                                  Terry Begley
               Herbert Bryant
              E. Parker Calvert
              Eva Ison Cantrell
                    Dow Case
                David Caswell
                Robert Cawley
           Ray and June Checker
              Beverly Coleman
            Jim and Rita Crosson
              Elizabeth Curley
                    Ray Deihl
                   Don Delane
                  Isobel Dolan
                Edith Edelson
               Michael Fawley
         Martha and Joseph Findlan
                Richard Foster
                  Henry Frick
                 Richard Frost

                Karen Gardner                 ince October 2009, Friends of Acadia       and seeking in-kind donations from area
               Patricia Gehring               has been working with a committee of       businesses and contributions from other
                  James Grant                 Trenton residents to design a commu-       donors.
                L. M. Harrison
             Thomas Haverstock         nity trail behind the Acadia Gateway Center          In designing and planning the trail, the
             Glenn Hershberger         on the west side of Route 3. The project will     Trenton Village Connector Trails Committee
               Nancy Hiestand          expand outdoor recreational opportunities         has reached out to stakeholders including
                 Mark Horner
                Joseph Kelley
                                       and provide educational access to some of         local residents, Trenton Elementary school
                 William Keys          the outstanding habitats in Trenton, includ-      teachers, scout leaders, hikers, cyclists, Acadia
                  Fay Kruener          ing the heath, bogs, and forest landscapes rich   National Park personnel, representatives
                  Jennifer Liss
                                       with lichens, ferns, mosses, and other plants.    from the Healthy Acadia coalition, island
                   Joel McCall
            Elizabeth Meiklejohn          The Trenton Village Connector Trail            historians, Trenton elected officials, local
                 Elinor Moore          Committee has developed a trail vision and        snowmobile and ATV clubs, Hancock County
           Eunice Thompson Orr         flagged a trail route across land behind the      planning officials, and members of the
                  Our Parents
              Romona Pezzella          Acadia Gateway Center, owned by Friends of        village improvement association. The
                Lucille Pfister        Acadia and the Maine Department of                committee believes that the trail will be a
                Kate Quesada           Transportation. The National Park Service         community asset providing opportunities for
                David Rabasca
            Raymond Rappaport
                                       Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance       walking, birdwatching, picnicking, and
              Pamela Rendeiro          Program provided on-the-ground technical          nature study.
               Bayard Roberts          support in designing the trail. The 1.8-mile,        Trailwork began in June. A crew of
                James Roberts
                                       natural-surface trail loop will include bog-      FOA stewardship volunteers braved a
              Katherine Roberts
                  Jean Rourke          bridging, boardwalk, and three bridges.           Saturday morning downpour to begin cut-
                 Marie Russell            Friends of Acadia recently received a          ting the trail route. Additional Saturday
            Charles Satterthwaite      $25,000 grant for construction of the trail       morning workdays are planned for July
           Michael Paul Simpson
                    Eva Smith          from the Yawkey Foundation. Next steps            and August, and a larger “Trenton Trail Day”
              Clancey Solomon          include finalizing the trail route and con-       event in September will include a cookout
                    Starbuck           struction methods, applying for wetlands          lunch following the morning’s trail building.
                 Patricia Stiles
                Barbara Stone
                                       permits from the Maine Department of                 For information about volunteering on the
                 Edward Stool          Environmental Protection, and recruiting          Trenton Trail please contact Terry Begley at
            Elizabeth Thorndike        volunteers for trail construction. Friends of     288-3340 or ❧
                    Paul Todd
                                       Acadia will continue to assist the Trenton
                Howard White
                 Thomas Witt           Village Connector Trail Committee with            TERRY BEGLEY is the projects and events
      February 1, 2011—May 31, 2011    fundraising for the trail, writing grants,        coordinator at Friends of Acadia.

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                                                               Youth Stewardship

                                   PEMETIC STUDENTS STUDY TRASH
                                   AT THE FOA ROADSIDE CLEANUP
                                                                     Bonnie Burne

            iddle School students at Pemetic
            Elementary School again partici-
            pated in the annual Friends of
Acadia roadside cleanup. Each spring Pemetic
students help to clean up the roads in
Southwest Harbor, but this year as part of
a service-learning project, the students
decided to separate the trash into three cat-
egories: polystyrene (a.k.a. “Styrofoam”),
plastic, trash, and returnable cans and bot-

                                                                                                                                                                        Bonnie Burne (3)
tles. Students and teachers split up along
three different routes and walked back to
school. Two hours later, students had col-
lected 13 trash bags of polystyrene, 13 bags        Pemetic’s trash scientists, sporting the uniform of the day.
of plastics, 15 bags of trash, 15 bags of return-
able bottles and cans, and miscellaneous              The students then decided to survey local
large items. The roadside cleanup and data          restaurants and businesses to find out their
collected confirmed that take-out containers        recycling practices and the type of take-out
and coffee cups are plentiful along the road.       containers they use. Students surveyed a total
   In the classroom, students have researched       of 13 restaurants and area businesses and
the water cycle, the Pacific trash gyres, and       collected the following data.
                                                                                                               Students kept a careful record of the junk they found.
the impact of trash on organisms, food webs,
and the environment. Students believed that         1. What materials do you recycle?
                                                                                                              5. Would you be interested in learning
since we live on an island, trash does not have        #1–7 plastics: 8
                                                                                                                 about more environmentally-friendly
to travel very far to make it to the ocean, so         #2 plastics: 1
                                                                                                                 take-out containers?
we need to take care of it before it gets there.       paper: 6
                                                                                                                 Yes: 8 No: 1 Maybe*: 4
They were surprised to find out that plastic           cardboard: 9
                                                                                                                                               *Expense is a concern
takes hundreds of years to break down and              nothing: 2
polystyrene will never biodegrade.                     compost: 4                                                After analyzing the results, students deter-
                                                                                                              mined that there are definitely things they
                                                    2. Are you aware of the recycling policies                can do to help. Educating others about the
                                                       in your town?                                          impact of trash on organisms and ecosystems
                                                        Yes: 8 No: 5                                          is a great place to start. There also seems
                                                                                                              to be a need to inform others about the
                                                    3. What type of take-out container do you                 recycling policies within each island town.
                                                       use in your business?                                  The greatest lesson learned through this
                                                       Plastic: 7                                             project was that the plastic and polystyrene
                                                       Paper/Cardboard: 6                                     may be cheaper at first, but the cost in the
                                                       Polystyrene: 3                                         long run may be astronomical. There are
                                                       Corn-based products: 3                                 alternatives out there and we need to be the
                                                       Other: 2                                               leaders as we all work together to make our
                                                                                                              Earth a better place. Students will continue
                                                    4. Do you believe that trash on the side of               their work on this project in the fall. ❧
                                                       the road is a concern in your town?
Pemetic students clean up the roadside by Norwood      Yes: 8 No: 5                                           BONNIE BURNE teaches middle school science
Cove in Southwest Harbor.                                                                                     at Pemetic Elementary in Southwest Harbor.

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                                           Tom Blagden

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                                                              collective activities an immortality of its own.”
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Emma Forthofer (center) with Kevin Langley of Acadia National Park (left) and Stephanie Clement of Friends
of Acadia (right).

Park Pass Art Competition Winner                       Acadia Youth Technology Team
Emma Forthofer, a student at Pemetic                   Friends of Acadia has hired a team of four
Elementary School, won the 2011 Acadia                 high-school age interns and an assistant team
National Park Pass Competition. Her winning            leader to work with Acadia National Park staff
                                                                                                                Friends of Acadia
artwork appears on the ANP annual pass win-            this summer to explore, field-test, and rec-
dow decals for the coming year (see the inside         ommend ways that technology can be used
                                                                                                               Thanks Bar Harbor
front cover). FOA Conservation Director                as a portal for today’s youth—many of whom
Stephanie Clement and ANP Ranger Kevin                 spend more time with computers than
                                                                                                                 Bank & Trust,
Langley announced the award at the Pemetic             nature—to connect with Acadia.                            our 25th Anniversary
Awards Assembly on June 15th, presenting a                 Interns Audyn Curless, Sophia Krevans,
$50 check and a park-themed gift bag to Miss           Ryann Rourk, and Liam Torrey, all students
                                                                                                                Sponsor, for helping us
Forthofer. Each year, Acadia National Park             or recent graduates of Mount Desert Island                to celebrate in style!
and Friends of Acadia co-sponsor the com-              High School, bring very different skills and
petition, selecting a winner from among                experiences to the team but they share great
hundreds of designs by local elementary                creativity and inquisitiveness, and a deep love
school students.                                       for Acadia. John Carll, a life sciences educa-

Members of the Acadia Youth Technology Team (clockwise from back left): team leader and park ranger Colin
MacArthur, assistant team leader John Carll, and interns Liam Torrey, Ryann Rourk, Sophia Krevans, and Audyn   207 288-8014
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                                                             tion major at Husson University, is the assis-          support of the Island Explorer bus system,”
                                                             tant team leader. Every week, the team                  said Janet Wyper, Manager of Community
                                                             explores an up-and-coming technology (like              Relations for L.L.Bean. “L.L.Bean has deep
                                                             3D imaging, smart phones, or virtual reality),          roots in Maine and a long history of sup-
                                                             field-tests it throughout the park, and meets           porting conservation projects.” She added,
                                                             with park staff to brainstorm how it might              “It’s a natural fit for our company to sponsor
                                                             be used to solve park problems and tell                 the Island Explorer, which has enabled
                                                             Acadia’s story. By creating a youth-powered             millions of people to enjoy one of Maine’s
                                                             pilot program, the park is seeking to identify          and the nation’s greatest natural assets,
                                                             technological tools that can offer meaningful           Acadia National Park, in an environmentally-
                                                             nature-based experiences for teenagers. In              friendly manner.” In appreciation for the
                                                             addition, the park sees this pilot program              partnership, Friends of Acadia presented
                                                             as a test of the feasibility of using youth-            L.L.Bean with a custom-carved walking stick
                                                             powered pilot teams to build momentum,                  handcrafted by FOA member Mel Timmons.
                                                             capacity, and support for new youth-focused                  Sue Moreau, Manager of the Maine
                                                             projects.                                               Department of Transportation’s (MDOT)
                                                                 Friends of Acadia chose to celebrate its 25th       Multimodal Planning and Operations
                                                             anniversary by providing matching support               Division, stated that the Island Explorer
                                                             for this innovative project. FOA President              system is the “crown jewel” of public bus
                                                             Marla O’Byrne says, “The Acadia Youth                   systems in Maine, noting that it has been used
                                                             Technology Team pilot program demonstrates              as the model for other seasonal public bus
                                                             the best of FOA’s work with Acadia—it is a              systems in the state.
                                                             pioneering project that looks toward the                     The free, propane-powered Island Explorer
                                                             future and the next generation of park stew-            buses will carry passengers in and around
                                                             ards, that perfectly matches the park’s prior-          Acadia from June 23rd until Columbus Day.
                                                             ities and needs with Friends of Acadia’s mis-           New this year, a morning bus will leave from
                                                             sion and abilities. We are delighted to partner         several locations in Ellsworth and drop pas-
                                                             with the park on this exciting new program.”            sengers at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center in
                                                                                                                     Acadia, where they can transfer to buses going
                                                             L.L.Bean Renews                                         into the park or downtown Bar Harbor. An
                                                             Island Explorer Support                                 afternoon bus returning to Ellsworth leaves
                                                             On June 23rd representatives from L.L.Bean              the Hulls Cove Visitor Center at 4:55 p.m.
                                                             gathered at Acadia’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center          The extra operating costs of this service were
                                                             to announce an additional $1 million, 5-year            provided by several Ellsworth hotels and busi-
                                                             commitment to the Island Explorer Bus                   nesses, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of
                                                             System. “We are pleased to continue our                 Commerce, and Friends of Acadia.

       For over 126 summers upholding the traditions
       For over 119 summers upholding the traditions
       of hospitality and leisure on the coast Maine.
       of hospitality and leisure on the coast ofof Maine.


                                                             The Island Explorer partners with L.L.Bean’s custom walking stick. From left to right: Lili Pew, Len Bobinchok
                                                             (ANP), Sue Moreau (MDOT), Paul Murphy, (Downeast Transportation), Kelly Warsky (L.L.Bean), Micki Sumpter
                                                             (Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce), Janet Wyper (L.L.Bean), Ed Samek, and Marla O'Byrne.

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     Serving the Downeast community since 1883            National Trails Day
                                                          On Saturday June 4th Friend of Acadia and
                                                          Acadia National Park celebrated National
                                                          Trails Day with an open house at the park
                                                          trails workshop and a choice of hikes or
                                                          volunteer activities on Mount Desert Island
                                                          and Schoodic. In a new partnership effort,
                 Alison M. King                           FOA and ANP co-hosted a work project
                                                          with the Town of Tremont on the Al Butler
                                                          Memorial Trail, a community trail that starts
                                                          at the Tremont Town Office, runs along an
                                                          outlet of the Bass Harbor marsh, and borders
         HANNAFORD                                        Acadia National Park. The town of Tremont
                                                          provided a hot lunch to the dozens of volun-
        SUPERMARKETS                                      teers who participated on the trail cleanup.
                86 Cottage Street                         The National Trails Day activities were co-
                   Bar Harbor                             sponsored by FOA and Acadia National Park         An Acadia Quester tries out some trailbuilding
                                                          and underwritten by Bar Harbor Bank &             equipment on National Trails Day.
       Where Shopping is a Pleasure.                      Trust, the Bluenose Inn, the First, Hale and
                                                          Hamlin, the Knowles Company and Window            for another two summers. Says Anna,
             ATM Major Credit Cards                       Panes. Generous in-kind donations were            “Working for FOA as an AYCC member
                                                          provided by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust,              changed my life goals and helped me find my
                                                          Hannaford, and the SERC Institute.                true calling. Working with FOA again as a
                                                                                                            field crew leader is now what I consider my
                                                          New Staff                                         ‘dream job,’ and coming full circle. I am look-
                                                          This year, FOA hired Anna Adams to serve          ing forward to helping others experience
                                                          as field crew leader, joining senior field crew   and enhance the park I know and love.”
                                                          leader Jim Linnane to coordinate volunteer            Anna also worked as an island steward on
                                                          projects on Acadia’s trails and carriage roads.   Marshall Island with Maine Coast Heritage
                                                          She brings to the position a long history with    Trust. She recently earned her B.S. in Environ-
                                                          FOA and the park. In high school, Anna            mental Recreation Management with a
                                                          was an Acadia Youth Conservation Corps            concentration in parks management from
                                                          crew member for two summers, and she              the University of Maine at Machias. She lives
                                                          subsequently worked for the park trail crew       in Mariaville. Welcome, Anna!

              Distinctive properties.
               Legendary service.
              Real estate professionals since 1898.

                    207 276 3322


                                                          FOA Field Crew Leader Anna Adams at Sand Beach.
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                                     New Members

                                                                                     Tom Blagdon
              Beth Eldridge and David Adams                  David Mahoney
                       Michelle Alacce                  Trudy and Phillip Marth
                    American Enterprise                Martha and David Martin
                  Investment Services Inc.                     Greg Mateja
                    Elizabeth Anderson                  Steve and Stella Matson
                         Katie Apgar                           Holly Miller
                 Paul and Wendy Behling                       Robert Morton
                      Jonathan Bender                           Jeff Murray
             Craig Berry and Christine Feorino              Thomas Needham
                  Sarah and Michael Blair          Dr. Timothy and Helen O’Connor
                        Sharon Blake                          Scott Planting
                  Mary and Martin Bond                        Kimberly Potts
                       Tom Ann Casey                           Marion Presti
                        Colby College                           Jeff Puglielli
                Lynnette and Michael Cook                   Lynne Raimondo
                         Bill Cooper                  Sally and Leonard Randolph
               William and Kathleen Cotter                    Ellen Reynolds
                        Michael Daley                      Raymond Robitaille
               Davenport & Company LLC                   Tim and Linda Rooney
                        Susan Devlin                          Eric Schneider
                         John Dolan                       Al and Kathe Simons
                      Martha Faulkner                    Wendy and John Slade
                         Jane Fawley                     Esther and Bern Sobel
                      Susan Freedman                         Elizabeth Stoehr
                        Marie Griffith                  Tom and Karleen Strayer
                    Abram “T. J.” Guay               Deborah and Samuel Suddarth
               Ginny and John Hackenberg                      Karen Sullivan
                       Shirley Helfrich                      Abigail Tadenev
                         Jean Howell                           Hugh Taylor
                Linda and Ronald Isaacson                     Steven Tenney
                        Alissa Jamison                       Marion Thomas
                        Linda Jensen                         Fred Thompson
                        LMK Johnson                        John L. Thorndike
                       Tom Kilbourne               Jenny Timbas and Gary Rapanotti
                     Bill and Julie King                         Mary Todd
                        David Krueger                         James VanKirk
                Josh and Stefanie Lawrence       Fema Winterbottom and Ann DeMarco
                        Martha Lewin
                         Lynne Lewis               February 1, 2011–May 31, 2011

Friends of Acadia Journal                                                                          Summer 2011   25
                                                                                       In Gratitude


              27 PINE STREET
         BAR HARBOR, MAINE 04609
      Creative & Innovative Landscape Architecture
            for Residential & Estate Gardens

                                                                                                                                           Mary Beal

                                                      VOLUNTEER CREW LEADERS                   WILD GARDENS OF ACADIA
                                                                   Don Bell                   PLANT SALE IN-KIND DONORS
         MICHAEL L ROSS                                         Len Berkowitz                A. C. Parsons Landscaping and Garden Center
            ATTORNEY AT LAW                                      Bruce Blake                                Chris’s Farm Stand
                                                               Burrow Brooks                               Ruth and Tris Colket
                                                               Maureen Brooks                                Dublin Gardens                              Bruce Denny-Brown                      Fernwood Nursery and Gardens
                                                             Jennifer Donaldson                                Home Depot
           953 Bar Harbor Road                                   Bob Hartley                          Islandscaping Garden Center
                                                                Michael Hays                                 Miller Gardens
           Trenton, Maine 04605                              John Hirschenhofer                 Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve
               207-667-1373                                    Cookie Horner                            Queen Anne Flower Shop
                                                              Stephen Johnson                                 Surry Gardens
                                                                Don Lenahan                                  Sweet Pea Farm
                                                                Clifford Olson                              Sweet Pea Gardens
                                                                  Donna Reis                                  Ann B. Smith
                                                              Elizabeth Roberts
                                                              Robert Sanderson               EARTH DAY ROADSIDE CLEANUP
                                                                 Julia Schloss                        SPONSORS
                                                                Carol Sessions                            Bluenose Inn
                                                               Donald Sessions                               The First
                                                                Dee Solomon                              Hale & Hamlin
                                                                Rita Timmons                          Hannaford Supermarkets
            WINE & CHEESE                                         Kip Warren                          The Knowles Company
                                                                 Al Wiberley                              Window Panes
               244-3317                                       Marilyn Wiberley
                                                                                                  NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
     353 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679       IN-KIND DONORS                               SPONSORS
                                                                   Pat Bailey                              Bluenose Inn
                                                                  BerryDunn                                  The First
                                                          Drs. Janan and John Eppig                       Hale & Hamlin
                                                           Hannaford Supermarket                       The Knowles Company
                                                           Susan and Edward Leiter
                                                            Machias Savings Bank                 FRIENDS OF ACADIA 25TH
                                                         Phyllis and Larry Mobraaten             ANNIVERSARY SPONSOR
                                                          Mount Desert Spring Water                   Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
                                                            Dr. Brian M. Robertson
                                                                SERC Institute
                                                             Trenton Marketplace
                                                             Joan and Gary Tyler
                                                         Mavis and Caspar Weinberger
                                                         Suzanne and Dr. Berton Zbar

26 Summer 2011                                                                                                         Friends of Acadia Journal
 Advocacy Corner

       riends of Acadia board members                   Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) appro-
       Howard Solomon, Lili Pew, Jack                   priations. The group visited the offices of
       Russell, and Gail Clark joined Acadia            the Maine Congressional delegation and dis-              TENTS              DANCE FLOOR    LINENS

National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele            cussed LWCF’s critical importance to land                CANOPIES
                                                                                                                 TABLES & CHAIRS
                                                                                                                                    BAND STAGES
                                                                                                                                                   CATERING EQUIPMENT

and FOA staff Marla O’Byrne and Stephanie               protection in Maine.
Clement for a day of meetings on Capitol Hill             These advocacy efforts were rewarded in                             Telephone or Fax: 667-6210
in March. The group shared information with             June when Acadia received word that it will                      35 Commerce Park, Bar Harbor Road
the Maine delegation and other Congressional            receive $1.7 million in FY 2011 from the                           P.O. Box 552, Ellsworth, ME 04605

offices about how proposed budget cuts                  Land and Water Conservation Fund to
would affect Acadia National Park’s opera-              acquire 39 acres on Lower Hadlock Pond,
tions and land acquisition projects. Ms.                one of more than 130 privately-held parcels
O’Byrne and Ms. Pew also attended meetings              of land that lie within the legislated bound-
with leaders from other friends groups to               ary of the park. Friends of Acadia and Maine
highlight the power of philanthropy in lever-           Coast Heritage Trust have been holding this
aging Congressional appropriations to accom-            property—through ownership of 10 acres
plish national park projects.                           and an option on the remaining acreage—for
   In May, FOA volunteer Hannah Sistare                 Acadia’s eventual acquisition. Its purchase
Clark joined representatives from the Friends           will help to protect the drinking water sup-
of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge               ply of Northeast Harbor and preserve access
and the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce                 to several historic village trails that connect
in Washington at a national advocacy event              to the park. ❧                                          I &/$66,&
to highlight the need for strong Land and

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Friends of Acadia advocates with Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele (right) on Capitol Hill in late March.
From left to right: Howard Solomon, Lili Pew, Jack Russell, and Gail Clark.
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    Chairman’s Letter


             s I began my final Chairman’s                                                                          FOA rose to the occasion and through our
             Letter—before welcoming in Ed                                                                          disciplined leadership and committed
             Samek as the next Friends of Acadia                                                                    members we survived, thrived, and even saw
   Chairman of the Board in July—I wanted to                                                                        our Annual Benefit reach new levels of suc-
   share my overwhelming sense of gratitude                                                                         cess. Two years ago we celebrated a best-ever
   for the gift of service and giving back that                                                                     year-end tally of volunteer hours—their com-
   each of you who love Friends of Acadia and                                                                       bined impact was off the charts in terms of
   our precious park has allowed me to enjoy                                                                        the trails rehabilitated, outreach to new
   over the past four years. When I came back                                                                       members, and other benefits to Acadia! Last
   to Maine full time in 2001, transitioning from                                                                   year we launched an enhanced advocacy
   a summer resident to a grateful full-time                                                                        effort, building upon our long-standing “best-
   resident, I knew I was finally “home,” where                                                                     in-class” reputation for results, to emphasize
   my heart, soul, and spirit’s greatest energy                                                                     park funding needs for maximum benefit to
   and effort could finally fly free…all for                                                                        Acadia and the local area. On top of all this,
                                                     Knowles Company

   Acadia! In articles over the past years, I have                                                                  our fundraising efforts hit a new high mark
   often reflected on my greatest mentors                                                                           that allowed for increased program plans in
   within my family, especially my father, and                                                                      support of our strategic plan for Acadia’s
   lessons of giving back through philanthropy,                                                                     centennial. This year already, our board,
   volunteerism, and forging powerful partner-                        I was recently asked about my accom-          staff, and the strength of our partnerships
   ships. These lessons brought from the past                      plishments over the past four years. My          has allowed us to forge through a wall of
   have been a core part of the synergy and                        answer is simple. My every effort to make        obstacles that could have derailed critical land
   growth that has occurred at Friends of Acadia,                  friends for Acadia—from helping inspire          conservation efforts, enabling the protection
   under the superb leadership of the Board of                     youth to seek out a connection to Acadia         of a significant parcel. Having spent count-
   Directors, President Marla O’Byrne with her                     through hiking or volunteering in the park       less hours and days working with our part-
   outstanding staff, Acadia National Park                         or building a corps of next-generation           ners, I am so thrilled to see what great results
   staff, and all our volunteers, members, and                     stewards; to taking carriage rides with          come from the partnerships that Friends of
   partners. What an amazing journey of                            George B. Dorr Society members, who have         Acadia builds, strengthens, and benefits from!
   accomplishments to look back upon and                           included FOA in their estate plans; to              As my journey in the chairman’s role comes
   celebrate with a huge heartfelt “thank you”                     joyously sharing my passion for Acadia           to a close, I ask each of you to join me in
   to all of you!                                                  across the country with donors, partner          finding the special place in your heart, your
                                                                   organizations, and our leaders in Washington     soul, your spirit that Acadia has brought to
                                                                   —has made a difference in protecting and         life and set free, and let it push you to give
                 IN NOMINE                                         preserving our precious park. Making the         back even more. That place inspired the
          We gratefully acknowledge gifts                          effort to connect with people, to inspire them   founders of both Acadia and Friends of
               received in honor of:                               to care, and to engage all in building a life-   Acadia to care, to give back, and to steward
                  Judith Eggleston                                 long bond with FOA and with Acadia is            our park for the centuries to come. We are
                  Friends of Acadia                                the accomplishment I am most proud of.           the keepers of the founders’ vision, and our
                    Philip Geyelin
              Oscar and Homer Gilmore                                 Four years ago we had a mountain to save      efforts as volunteers and leaders will be key
                     Lydia Goetze                                  with our partners, and we did it in a month.     to the second century of Acadia National
                     Anne Green                                    Four years ago we brought to life the Acadia     Park. This has been the greatest journey of
                     Nina Horner
                    Charles Jacobi
                                                                   Gateway Center to encourage the long-term        my life—thanks for the ride! And onward and
                       Lee Judd                                    growth of car-free travel through our Island     upward in support of Friends of Acadia…
                    Patricia Kelly                                 Explorer partnership. This year we will see      especially to Ed Samek as the next Chairman.
                      Paul Kenny
                                                                   the first buses settle into this new location    GO ED!!
                       Lili Pew
                   Mary Philbrick                                  and we will celebrate the 4-millionth pas-
                    Patricia Scull                                 senger on the Island Explorer. Three years
           February 1, 2011–May 31, 2011                           ago the economic downturn left our nation
                                                                   in turmoil and filled with uncertainty, yet                                          —Lili Pew

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Join Friends of Acadia this fall to discover and help care for Acadia National Park

Acadia Quest: Let’s Move Outside
Ongoing through Saturday, November 5
There’s plenty of time to join the Quest! A new format and
new activities for 2011 has families trying different ways to
get moving in Acadia as they explore, protect, and learn.
Teams that meet the participation requirements will be
entered into the grand prize drawing at Take Pride in
Acadia Day on November 5th. L.L.Bean has again donated

                                                                                  Jessica Hicks
three fantastic grand prizes. Teams are posting their adventures
at Take a look!

Clean Water, Clean Shores
Saturday, September 17
Friends of Acadia and over 20 community and governmental
partners will organize the second annual cleanup of Acadia
and area shorelines, including the beaches and shores of MDI,
and Alley, Bar, Bartlett’s, Folly, Great Gott, Isleford, John’s,

                                                                                  Deborah Carbery
Placentia, Pond, Swans, Tinker, and the Porcupine Islands,
with sites in the towns of Trenton and Lamoine as well.
Opportunities to join a kayak caravan or see Acadia from a
rarely-visited island make this a fun—as well as valuable—
cleanup event.

Acadia Night Sky Festival
Thursday, September 22 through Monday, September 26
Although urban areas within a day’s drive of Acadia have
already lost sight of the Milky Way, the park still offers inky
nights awash in brilliant starlight. The Acadia Night Sky
Festival will celebrate the night sky through education,
science, and the arts. Attend one event, or join in for the
whole extended weekend.
                                                                                  Earl Brechlin

Take Pride in Acadia Day
Saturday, November 5
Last year, this giant autumn work party drew over 500
volunteer leaf-rakers—infant to nonagenarian, and from all
over the world—to clear drainage ways and prepare Acadia’s
44 miles of historic carriage roads for winter. Enjoy the free
“CCC” (chili, cornbread, and cake) lunch afterward, knowing
you’ve just done something of inestimable value to Acadia.

For more information or to register for events,
visit or call 207-288-3340.
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