Friends of Baxter State Park is an independent citizen group working to preserve, support, and enhance the wilderness character of Baxter State Park in the spirit of its founder, Governor Percival Baxter. We support volunteers, advocate for the wilderness values of the park, and raise funds to support trail work and other park needs. Most recently, we raised $50,000 for the relocation of the Abol Trail up Katahdin, and we are currently working with park staff, the National Park Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conference to resolve management challenges with long distance hikers.
We will write an article for the Friends of Acadia Journal and the Friends of Baxter State Park Newsletter about the two single-minded men who single-handedly created the conservation doublet now known as Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. In 2016, Acadia is celebrating its 100th birthday and Baxter its 75th. The article will explore the parallels and differences between the two men and the two parks they gave birth to and nurtured over many years.
On Take Pride in Acadia Day, we will lead a Friends of Baxter State Park group cleaning ditches on Acadia’s carriage roads.