Park panel candidates forwarded to Zinke

MOUNT DESERT — Four people have said they would like to be appointed to succeed Paul Richardson as the town’s representative on the Acadia Advisory Commission.

Richardson resigned in June after 29 years on the commission.

Rather than recommending one person for appointment by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, the Board of Selectmen last week voted to send him the names of all four people who wrote letters expressing interest. They are James Blaine, Jim Bright, Kendall Davis and Steve Smith.

The Acadia Advisory Commission has 16 members. Each of 10 towns in the Acadia area has one representative. The interior secretary appoints three others without official input from the towns. Three more are appointed by the governor of Maine.

Members of the Advisory Commission are appointed to three-year terms.

The commission’s role is to serve as liaison between park officials and surrounding communities and to provide input and advice on park management issues. At each of the commission’s three meetings a year, park officials provide updates on major programs and initiatives.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Schoodic Institute in the section of Acadia on the Schoodic Peninsula.

The commission also meets in January and June at park headquarters. All advisory commission meetings are open to the public.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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