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“Volunteers and Acadia National Park” – a talk by Mike Hays

Mike Hays
Date: Tuesday Sep 06, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


ANP Stewardship Volunteer Mike Hays will give a talk about the history of volunteers at Acadia. Hays will discuss the work volunteers do to maintain and improve ANP. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining, restoring and re-opening trails and carriage roads. His talk will begin with the founding of ANP and will cover the relationship between the park, individual volunteers and volunteer organizations. His discussion will concentrate on volunteer activities before WWII, the changes in patterns of visitation from the end of WWII to the late 1970s, the “perfect storm” of visitation growth and infrastructure and funding declines through the 1980s,
the resurgence of public support through volunteerism during the 90s, and the current partnership between ANP and its volunteers.

Hays is a long-time volunteer, working on trails and carriage roads since 1995. He has been a Volunteer Crew Leader with Friends of Acadia since 2004. His curiosity about the people who have volunteered to help maintain the trails and carriage roads at ANP over the years lead to this research. “With the help of other Volunteer Crew Leaders, Friends of Acadia, and historical records, I think I understand the whos, the whats, the whens, the wheres, and maybe even the whys,” explains Hays.

Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, Maine

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Event Sponsor(s): Southwest Harbor Public Library 

This is a free event.

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