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National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event Planned

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Friday, September 16, 2011
CONTACT: Terry Begley, Projects and Events Coordinator, 207-288-3340 or

National Public Lands Day to be Celebrated with New Trail Project

BAR HARBOR —On Saturday, September 24th, Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park will be celebrating National Public Lands Day with a morning of volunteer work on the new Duck Brook Village Connector Trail. The public is invited to join in the celebration.

When completed, the Duck Brook Village Connector Trail will enable pedestrians and people walking bicycles to connect from Route 3 to the Duck Brook Bridge area of Acadia National Park. The trail construction was made possible through the Acadia Trails Forever partnership between Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park, with help from the Nature Valley Corporation, National Park Conservation Association and local landowners David Witham and Richard Collier. The trail is expected to be completed this fall.

“We’re really excited about this Village Connector Trail because it will formally establish a way for COA students, hotel guests, and local residents to reach Duck Brook and the carriage roads without using their cars,” said Stephanie Clement, conservation director with Friends of Acadia. “We owe great thanks to Mr. Collier and Mr. Witham for allowing access across their properties, and to our donors and the Acadia National Park trail crew. Volunteering on a trail is a great way to give back to our park, so I hope people will join us Saturday on National Public Lands Day.”

Interested volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24th at the Acadia Inn. Coffee, juice and donuts will be served prior to the work project, and remarks from project partners will kick off the day. For more information or to register, contact Terry at 288-3340, e-mail or visit