Cover of Acadia NP's Foundation Document
The Foundation Document for Acadia National Park, first published in September 2016, is now available for free download online (80 pages, 16.5 MB, PDF, screen reader accessible). Every unit of the national park system will have a foundational document to provide basic guidance for planning and management decisions—a foundation for planning and management. The core components of a foundation document include a brief description of the park as well as the park’s purpose, significance, fundamental resources and values, other important resources and values, and interpretive themes. The foundation document also includes special mandates and administrative commitments, an assessment of planning and data needs that identifies planning issues, planning products to be developed, and the associated studies and data required for park planning.

Management Plans

Planning plays an essential role in managing the natural and cultural resources and facilities at Acadia. Listed below are the major planning documents pertaining to the park. Please be patient, as many of the plans are large documents that take some time to open.

Plans and projects that are open for public review are listed on the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website.

General Management Plan
Schoodic General Management Plan Amendment
Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District
Climbing Management Plan


Advisory Commission

The purpose of the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission is to advise the Secretary of the Interior through his or her designee, the superintendent of Acadia National Park. The superintendent consults with the commission regarding the management and development of the park.

The commission was established by the 1986 park boundary legislation (Public Law 99-420) and amended by Public Law 110-229 in 2008. The commission terminates in 2026. The bylaws describe the commission in more detail. Meetings are open to the public; meeting notices appear in the Federal Register.

Four standing committees make recommendations for action to the commission.

  • Science and education
  • Land conservation
  • Park use
  • Historical/cultural
Recent meeting notes:
The ocean meets granite cliffs topped by evergreens.
The ocean meets granite cliffs topped by evergreens


Park Statistics
Numbers galore

Climbers at base of Otter Cliff.
Climbers at base of Otter Cliff.


Laws & Policies
Rules, regulations, and rights.

Snowy evergreens against a blue sky
Snowy evergreens against a blue sky


Your Dollars at Work
Where do your fees go?

Fire management staff control a prescribed fire.
Fire management staff control a prescribed fire.


Fire Management
What we burn, and why.

Visitors on Cadillac Mountain
Visitors enjoy the summit of Cadillac Mountain.


Resource Management
Balancing the visitor experience with resource needs.

Habitat protection at Cadillac Mountain overlook area

NPS/D.R. Hunt

Last updated: October 17, 2017

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


(207) 288-3338

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