PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 046090045

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Organizations Filed Purposes: Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Preservation and protection of Acadia National Park

Friends of Acadia makes grants from its Acadia Trails Forever project fund to the ANP trails program to maintain the park's 153 miles of trails. Along with the usual erosion repair, and many special projects, one major accomplishment in 2020 was completion of the Seaside Path. The entire trail crew began on Seaside in early May. As new workers signed on, they went to Seaside. Material stockpiled the previous winter was applied to the trail, new materials were brought in. The mechanized finishing of the project included two small excavators, 4 ATVs with carts, a fleet of Canycom material haulers, and plenty of handwork.

The Carriage Road maintenance grant makes possible the salaries of six Acadia National Park workers who perform regular maintenance of the park's 44 miles of historic carriage roads. In 2020, in addition to normal yearly upkeep, the workers spent several months re-ditching efforts took place in the Witch Hole and Paradise Hill areas. Dead and low-hanging limbs were cut for safety and to allow room for dump truck and emergency vehicle passage. The cutting created a "tent-like" effect of branches that direct rainfall downward to the trunk, reducing the amount of water that falls onto the road surface. Opening the canopy also allows the road surface to dry faster, further reducing damage. Care was taken to reduce the visibility of cuts and scars to maintain the overall natural aesthetic.

Additionally, Friends of Acadia contributes to a variety of community outreach events such as Take Pride in Acadia, National Trails Day, and Earth Day Roadside Clean-up. In partnership with Acadia National Park, Friends implements and contributes to other programs including the Summit Stewards, the Wild Garden of Acadia, the Acadia Winter Trails Association, invasive plant eradication, Acadia Quest, the Acadia Digital Media Team, the night sky initiative, the peregrine falcon and hawk watch program, Acadia Teacher Fellows Program, water quality monitoring and a volunteer program that typically contributes over 5,000 hours of time per year to help maintain Acadia's trails and carriage roads.

Executives Listed on Filing

Total Salary includes financial earnings, benefits, and all related organization earnings listed on tax filing

NameTitleHours Per WeekTotal Salary
David MacdonaldPresident40$163,643
Lisa Horsch ClarkDirector of Development40$117,724
Jason IrwinVice President40$112,501
Bill ZoellickDirector1$0
Christiaan Van HeerdenDirector1$0
Eleanor SullivanDirector1$0
Edward L SamekDirector1$0
Joan PewDirector1$0
Paul MayewskiDirector1$0
Story LitchfieldDirector1$0
David KatonaDirector1$0
Margaret JefferyDirector1$0
C Boyden GrayDirector1$0
Elsie FlemingsDirector1$0
John FassakDirector1$0
David T EdsonDirector1$0
Andrew DavisDirector1$0
Sam CoplonDirector1$0
Hannah Sistare ClarkDirector1$0
Gail ClarkDirector1$0
Emily BeckDirector1$0
Julie Banzhaf-StoneDirector1$0
Mark AmstutzDirector1$0
John KelleySecretary1$0
William C EachoTreasurer1$0
Henry SchmelzerVice Chair1$0
Anne GreenChair1$0

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