ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — More than 470 volunteers, including dozens of students from the University of Maine and Husson University, showed their pride in the park at the annual Take Pride in Acadia Day on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Together, volunteers raked fallen leaves from drainage areas and culverts on 9.7 miles of carriage roads in 19 locations. Now in its 27th year, the event is sponsored by Friends of Acadia and facilitated by Acadia National Park to support maintenance of the historic carriage roads. This community effort greatly reduces erosion and costly wash-outs on the carriage roads from the rains, ice, and thaw cycles during winter and spring.
Approximately half of the volunteers were young people from schools including Tremont Consolidated School, College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine, Husson College, as well as Scouting groups. Community groups included Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Downeast Outing Club, Footloose Friends, LL Bean, Maine Outdoor Adventure Club, ReVision Engery, Sea & Mountain Hiking Club, and the US Coast Guard. In addition to the groups, more than 110 individuals from all over New England participated in the festive day.
Following the morning’s work, a hot meal of chili, cornbread, cake, and cider was served – the day’s traditional “CCC + C” lunch, recalling the Civilian Conservation Corps members who did so much work in Acadia during the 1930s.
“Take Pride in Acadia would not be possible without support from the community ,” said FOA Conservation Projects Manager Paige Steele. Sponsors include: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Dawnland, Fair Trade Winds, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, The First, Gallery at Somes Sound, Galyn’s, John Williams Boat Company, Knowles Company, Lynam Agencies, Machias Savings Bank, and Window Panes.
In addition, the transportation for volunteer groups were generously donated by Acadia National Park Tours, Coastal Kayaking, Downeast Transportation/Island Explorer, and National Park Sea Kayak. Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park are very grateful to all who made Take Pride in Acadia Day a huge success.