To the Editor:
I thank Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King for co-sponsoring legislation that reinstates the backlog of funding to national parks, specifically Acadia National Park.
Millions of people visit Acadia National Park each year, and I live and work on Mount Desert Island year-round and love having the park in my backyard. Acadia National Park is important to our community and the tourism industry on Mount Desert Island.
Acadia is home to 120-plus miles of hiking trails, 45-plus miles of carriage roads, 16 stone bridges, campgrounds, picnic areas and so much more. The park can only offer all of these desirable things if it is maintained and preserved as the rusticators anticipated.
With aging infrastructure and record visitation, the park needs updating, restoration and maintenance. As a real estate professional, I have met many people who have fallen in love with Acadia National Park and either chosen to make this their home or their second home. Acadia brings people from around the world and helps ensure we have a strong, vibrant community. To capture these benefits, restoration of the park must be a priority.
Collins and King, I hope you are able to persuade your colleagues in Washington to support dedicated federal funding and an infrastructure proposal that addresses the deferred maintenance needs within the National Park System and we hope to see you on the trails soon.