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The Maine State Legislature adopted a joint resolution in February commemorating the centennial of Acadia. State Senator Brian Langley (Senate District 7) introduced the resolution, and State Representative Brian L. Hubbell (House District 135) shepherded it through the House of Representatives.
The resolution recognizes Acadia as one of Maine's most popular outdoor destinations, which has inspired generations of outdoor enthusiasts to appreciate the state's natural and historic wonders. It also emphasizes Acadia's significant impact on the local economy. In recognition of the park's centennial, the resolution describes how more than 250 organizations, businesses, and individuals have joined together to plan and implement a community-based, year-long, statewide celebration that will encourage the next century of stewardship of "Maine's beloved national park."
The resolution states, "That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Legislature now assembled in the Second Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, take this opportunity to recognize the centennial of Acadia National Park; to express gratitude to the founders of the park; to commend the National Park Service, volunteers and park supporters for their commitment of time, financial resources and knowledge to maintain the park for all to enjoy; and to convey our hope that future generations of Maine residents and visitors will continue this commitment to stewardship of Acadia National Park."
"The National Park Service is honored to have Acadia National Park receive this recognition," said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. "On behalf of the employees and volunteers at Acadia National Park, we thank Senator Langley and Representative Hubbell for working with the legislature to adopt the resolution, and for their enduring support of the park and its surrounding communities."
Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider, Friends of Acadia board member and former Maine Senate President Jill Goldthwait, and Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement were guests of Senator Langley as the resolution was read and adopted in the Senate on February 11.The Acadia Centennial Task Force is organizing the year-long celebration and encouraging more organizations, businesses, and individuals to participate by becoming an official Acadia Centennial Partner. For more information, please visit the Acadia Centennial website at www.acadiacentennial2016.org to see a calendar of events and apply to become an official partner.