Park's foundation document available online

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News Release Date: October 3, 2017

Contact: Christie Anastasia, 207-288-8806

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Acadia National Park’s Foundation Document is now available online. The Foundation Document serves as the underlying guidance for all management and planning decisions in Acadia. It describes the core mission of the park by identifying its purpose, significance, fundamental and important resources and values, interpretive themes, planning needs, special mandates, and administrative commitments. An interdisciplinary team of National Park Service staff from the park and Washington office completed the Foundation Document in September 2016.


“For those participating in current and future planning efforts, the Foundation Document is a touchstone for the most important resources and values of the park,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.


The Foundation Document will help the National Park Service focus efforts on protecting Acadia’s most important resources and values to achieve the core mission. It provides a basis for ensuring consistency in all park planning and decision making, and for ensuring that all programs and actions contribute to achieving the park's purpose and other mandates. The Foundation Document also identifies conditions, threats, and issues facing Acadia’s key resources and values, and identifies and prioritizes plans and studies needed for the park.


Each of the 417 units of the National Park System has its own foundation document as part of a new planning framework adopted by the National Park Service in 2012.

Last updated: October 3, 2017

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