What We DoManaging a national park is a complex job. The dedicated staff of the Acadia National Park is made up of federal government employees, volunteers, and partners. Since the founding of the park, the Acadia team has worked together to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Learn more about what we do and how we manage this incredibly special place.
Protecting NatureBased in science and research, park management actions aim to preserve the park's natural resources unimpaired for future generations. In the face of various environmental threats such as climate change and invasive species, this is a challenge. Management and decision-making frameworks must be forward thinking and flexible. Learn more about the things to do to protect nature.
Learn more about the strategies and approaches of the National Park Service to protect and preserve nature for future generations.
Explore fascinating animals, plants, and landscapes where the summits meet the sea and learn about the challenges facing this special place.
Preserving HistoryAcadia is a living landscape. People have influenced the landscape since time immemorial. Their traces left behind in archeology and historic structures join together with the living communities that still exist. Historic preservation focus on managingd designed landscapes including historic carriage roads, historic trails, historic structures, historic viewsheds, and the museum collection. These historic resources along with archeological and ethnographic resources are facing an uncertain future due to climate change and other environmental factors.
Learn more about the many ways that Acadia preserves its historic resources including historic structures, museum collections, and data.
Managing VisitorsParks are for people. Millions of visitors come to Acadia every year to enjoy its natural beauty, historic significance, and recreational experiences. Managing those millions of visitors takes an understanding of the complex forces at work including sharp increases in visitation. Learn more about the many ways Acadia National Park manages congestion and uses communication to help inspire visitors to stay safe and care for this special place.
Learn more about the many ways that park staff help manage visitor behavior and impacts to protect the park.
Maintaining & Managing InfrastructureAcadia National Park is a peaceful, beautiful place. It is also a dynamic, ever-changing hub of decisions, plans, and actions that maintain over 700 infrastructure assets including buildings, trails, water and wastewater systems, campgrounds, and roads. The talented staff of the National Park Service work annually to protect these resources and provide a positive visitor experience for the millions who visit Acadia today and for future generations.
Maintain & Manage Infrastructure
Learn more about the many ways that staff maintain and manage park buildings, roads, water and wastewater systems, trails and more.
Carriage Roads & Gatehouses - 1913-1940
Learn the history behind the design, planning, and construction of the famous carriage road system.
Historic Trails (--- to 1958
Mount Desert Island’s present-day trail system evolved over centuries of human use and settlement of the land.
Working with CommunitiesAs a living landscape, Acadia National Park works with the many communities that exist in and around the park. The park is in the traditional homeland of Wabanaki people who live here and have lived here since time immemorial. The park as a government-to-government relationship with tribes. The park also works with the many towns and communities that surround the park and uses tools such as conservation easements and processes such as civic engagement to connect with communities on the many issues that are interwoven with park management. The Acadia Advisory Commission is a key link between the park and the surrounding communities.
Land & Boundary Management
Learn more about the many ways that the Acadia team works with surrounding communities to manage lands such as conservation easements.
Learn more about the Acadia's government-to-government relationship with Wabanaki tribes and the ways we work together.
Working With PartnersThe origin of Acadia National Park is characterized by a rich legacy of conservation that continues today through many partnerships, philanthropic efforts, and Acadia’s ongoing conservation easement program. Acadia has many partnerships that support its natural and cultural protection and preservation efforts through donations, endowments, volunteerism, and advocacy efforts. This legacy of citizen-initiated conservation and philanthropy allows the park to meet its mission of protecting and preserving its cultural and natural resources for present and future generations.
Planning For the FutureAll of the above actions - protecting nature, preserving history, managing visitors, managing infrastructure, and working with communities and partners - takes a lot of planning. Parks are in the 'forever business' and planning for the future is an important part of what we do. Learn more about the types of plans the park produces and some of the major plans that have guided the park into a sustainable and protected future.
Learn more about Acadia's planning efforts from the past, present, and future, and the types of plans the park uses to guide the way forward
Our Staff & Offices
Park staff consists of permanent and seasonal employees organized by function under various divisions.
Last updated: April 21, 2022