ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Approximately 350 volunteers helped prepare Acadia’s 44 miles of historic carriage roads for winter at Friends of Acadia’s 24th Annual Take Pride in Acadia Day on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Together, they raked 9.5 miles of carriage roads in 21 locations the day before the season’s first snowstorm hit the area on Sunday. Every year, volunteers take to the park with rakes to clear fallen leaves and clean out drainage ways. Their help reduces carriage road erosion from the rains, ice and thaws during winter and spring.
Acadia National Park Volunteer Coordinator Jonathan Gormley welcomed the volunteers, noting that in addition to protecting the carriage roads, their effort would “help the roads dry out faster in spring, which is good for all of us!”
Approximately half the volunteers were young people from schools, including College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine, Husson University and Mount Desert Island High School, as well as scouting groups and other youth groups. Other participants included a corps of stewardship volunteers who have been coming to the event for many years, plus a number of retired Acadia National Park (ANP) staff. The event also involves staff from every division of the park.
Following the morning’s work, a 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 in the 1930s.
After lunch, participants in the 2014 Acadia Quest were recognized, and a grand-prize drawing took place. All teams that completed the Quest requirements were entered into the drawing. The three winning teams were Team Bennett from Bethlehem, Pa.; Team Chocolate Muise from Trenton; and Team Watership Downeast from Bar Harbor.
This year’s Take Pride in Acadia Day sponsors were Acadia Mountain Guides, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Beal’s Lobster Pier, Birch Bay Village, The Bluenose Inn, Burdick & Associates Landscape Design, Chapter Two, The First, Galyn’s, The Knowles Company and Window Panes. In addition, transportation for the volunteer groups was donated by Acadia National Park Tours, Coastal Kayaking, Downeast Transportation/Island Explorer, Mount Desert Island YMCA and National Park Sea Kayak. Janet Anker donated the cake. Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park are grateful to all who made the day a success.