Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider, left, and National Park Service Deputy Director Michael Reynolds, right, stand with, from left, Friends of Acadia (FOA) board Chair Ed Samek, Centennial Task Force Chairs Jack Russell and Cookie Horner and FOA President and CEO David MacDonald during the presentation of the NPS Director’s Partnership Award on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF FOA

FOA gets top NPS award

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — As part of the centennial celebration at the Jordan Pond House last weekend, Friends of Acadia and the Acadia Centennial Task Force were honored with a national award recognizing their outstanding contributions to Acadia National Park.

The National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award was presented by NPS Deputy Director Michael Reynolds to FOA board Chair Ed Samek and President David MacDonald, as well as Cookie Horner and Jack Russell, FOA board members and chairs of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.

Reynolds praised the recipients for “empowering and orchestrating broad community and statewide participation in the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park” and described the Acadia Centennial Celebration as a national model for the second century of the park service.

In accepting the award, MacDonald made it clear that he was doing so “on behalf of the 18 hardworking individuals who had served for nearly three years on the Task Force and the hundreds of Acadia Centennial partners throughout the communities who are the heart and soul of this celebration.”

Schneider, who helped to make the presentation, said about the award, “Acadia National Park would not be the same without the support and contributions of our partners … . This national recognition from Director Jarvis is so well-deserved.”

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