Acadia announces Centennial challenge projects



ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Acadia is one of more than 100 national parks that will benefit from National Park Service funding to prepare the park for the park service’s 100th birthday in 2016.

Friends of Acadia (FOA) will match those funds to boost the scope of the projects.

From trail repairs to new wayside interpretive panels, the National Park Service this week announced $26 million for more than 100 initiatives that will help parks prepare for centennial visitors. The National Park Service received a $10 million Congressional appropriation that was matched with $15.9 million from more than 90 partner organizations. The 106 projects, located at more than 100 parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia, are designed to improve visitor services, support outreach to new audiences and leverage partnerships to reinvigorate national parks while forging connections with communities.

“As the National Park Service approaches its Centennial in 2016, the National Park Foundation and local park friends groups have pledged to raise private funds to improve the facilities, accessibility and programs of our national parks, matching the federal appropriation and resulting in a $26 million investment in the parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

“Acadia is so fortunate to have financially committed partners like the Friends of Acadia to help us leverage this special funding for Centennial projects,” said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “In addition to the NPS Centennial in 2016, Acadia will celebrate the 100 years of generosity and foresight that protected this landscape as a national park. Almost every piece of this park was given by individuals or families to enable the enjoyment of this place by all future generations. We celebrate Acadia as an American Legacy – created by the people for the people.”

“We are pleased that funding from Friends of Acadia for the rehabilitation of Deer Brook Trail, the restoration of historic vistas on park carriage roads and the Acadia Youth Conservation Corps helped to leverage additional federal funding for Acadia National Park,” said Stephanie Clement, conservation director for Friends of Acadia. “A federal matching program like the Centennial Challenge is valuable to national parks because it doubles the resources available to accomplish significant projects. It’s rewarding for our donors to know that their contributions are valued and that Congress and the administration will share their commitment to improving the park.”

For a complete list of centennial challenge projects and partners, visit www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial.

For information about Acadia’s Centennial efforts, visit www.acadiacentennial2016.org.

For information about the NPS Centennial, visit www.findyourpark.com.

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