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Committee NameAcadia National Park Advisory CommissionAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number71
Original Establishment Date9/25/1986Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*16
Current Charter Date3/29/2011Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Superintendent, Acadia National Park
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/25/2026Designated Federal Officer First Name*Kevin
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Schneider
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L. 99-420Designated Federal Officer Phone*(207) 288-8700
Effective Date Of Authority*9/25/1986Designated Federal Officer Fax*(207) 288-8709
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to accept proposed easements. The Commission also provides advice and recommendations on various operational issues at the park, such as visitor use, science, education, and cultural resource and historic preservation.
How is membership balanced?*As prescribed by the enabling legislation, the sixteen-member Commission is composed of: (a) three members at large; (b) three members from among individuals recommended by the Governor of Maine; (c) four members from among recommendations by each of the four towns on the island of Mount Desert; (d) three members from among individuals recommended by each of the three Hancock county mainland communities of Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor and Trenton; (e) three members from among recommendations by each of the three island towns of Cranberry isles, Swans island and Frenchboro. The members represent the interests of property owners, fishermen, businessmen, lawyers, academics, conservationists, recreationists, as well as the interests of towns, counties and state concerns. The terms of all members were reappointed in FY2016, with the exception of the representative of the Town of Cranberry Isles, whose appointment expired in 2014 and no recommendations have been received. There is no representative for the Town of Frenchboro and no recommendations have been received. The Advisory Commission terms are all due to expire in 2019.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission meets an average of three times per year, with committee work in between full meetings. This schedule has proved practical for their accomplishments and duties. The Committee members assist with the necessary research and communication to arrive at sound decisions for full Commission discussions. At full Commission meetings the Commissioners function as advisors concerning subject areas under deliberation.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission was established by the Congress to consult with the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the management and development of Acadia National Park, including but not limited to, the acquisition of lands and interests in lands (including conservation easements on islands), and termination of rights-of-use and occupancy. Qualified advice concerning issues that affect a wide array of subjects from those of simple local property owners to those that affect town, county, and state interests can only be attained from individuals who possess fundamental knowledge, understanding, and interest in those areas. For example, the Commissioners' first-hand knowledge and understanding of property owners affected by easements provided valuable insights for park management to proceed in a more effective manner.
Why close or partially close meetings?All meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksPursuant to Section 301(a)(b), Public Law 102-525, October 26, 1992, regarding charters and members of National Park System Advisory Committees: (a) The provisions of section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix; 86 Stat. 776) are hereby waived with respect to any advisory commission or advisory committee established by law in connection with any national park system unit during the period such advisory commission or advisory committee is authorized by law. (b) In the case of any advisory commission or advisory committee established in connection with any national park system unit, any member of such commission or committee may serve after the expiration of his or her term until a successor is appointed. The Commission terminated September 25, 2006, but was re-established by Public Law 110–229, May 8, 2008, Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008; EXTENSION OF ACADIA NATIONAL PARK ADVISORY COMMISSION. (1) IN GENERAL— Section 103(f) of Public Law 99–420 (16 U.S.C. 341 note) is amended by striking ‘‘20’’ and inserting ‘‘40’’. (2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect on September 25, 2006. The Commission will carry out its duties until September 25, 2026.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*74Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment•A motion was approved to draft a letter to the Secretary of the Interior opposing an increase in park fees from $25 to $70. •A motion was approved for the Park Use Committee meet with the park staff to discuss the public comments on the draft Transportation Plan and report back to the full commission at the September meeting of the ANP Advisory Commission. •A motion was approved the commission take the position that it favors public comments on the Acadia National Park Draft Transportation Plan be available to the public. •Jacqueline Johnston was re-elected as ANP Advisory Commission Chair, Fred Ehrlenbach was re-elected as Vice Chair, and Carolyn Gothard was re-elected as Secretary. •A motion was approved to send a letter to the Town Manager of the Town of Mount Desert requesting any comments about the issues raised in the proposed resolution submitted to the ANP Advisory Commission by three members of the public at the March 12, 2018, meeting. •A motion was made acknowledging the resignation of Paul Richardson, ANP Advisory Commission, who served thirty years on the commission. This leaves the seat for a Representative to the Town of Mount Desert vacant. •A motion was approved to adopt the dates for the 2019 FY Acadia National Park Advisory Commission meetings as follows: Monday, February 4th, 1:00, ANP Headquarters, Bar Harbor Monday, June 3rd, 1:00, ANP Headquarters, Bar Harbor Monday, Sept. 9th, 1:00, Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor •A motion was approved to elect G. Bruce Wiersma as the Chair to the Science Committee •Advisory Commission terms are all due to expire in 2019. A motion was approved to stagger terms to establish a three year rotation schedule; starting with one, two and three year terms. Once the term expires, it converts to a three year term. This is to safeguard the commission has no more than one-third of the seats vacant any given year. •A motion was approved regarding the ANP Transportation Plan that doing nothing under the present circumstances, without even considering potential increases in future visitation, would be a mistake. The alternatives proposed by the Park are well thought out and the Park’s pledge to use an adaptive process as they manage the changes is key to a successful outcome. As such, we consider Alternative C to be the best option, though we would like to specify one consideration…. The Committee understands that many of the suggestions read and heard throughout this process will be addressed during the next phase of implementation and request that the Park maintain dialogue with the Commission on the details of that implementation. That said, the committee is compelled to note that based on public feedback, the Park should seek multiple opportunities to accommodate local residents such as expanding winter ½ price pass sales to include reservations and re-evaluating the current proposed days and times for requiring reservations. 1986 to date: Proposed conservation easements, Commercial Use Plan; General Management plans; park uses.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentBriefings and reports at the Advisory Commission meetings.Narrative Description*Qualified advice concerning issues that affected a wide array of subjects, from those of simple local property owners to those that affect town, county, and state interests, can only be attained from individuals who possess fundamental knowledge, understanding and interest in those areas. The Commission provides a platform for public input on park issues.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032270History Committee2019
 COM-032281Land Committee2019
 COM-032282Park Use Committee2019
 COM-032213Science and Education Committee2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001536Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2017
 COM-002901Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2016
 COM-003509Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2015
 COM-004951Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2014
 COM-005748Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2013
 COM-007173Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2012
 COM-007752Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2011
 COM-009165Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2010
 COM-009906Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2009
 COM-011816Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2007
 COM-013005Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2006
 COM-013583Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2005
 COM-014903Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2004
 COM-015548Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2003
 COM-016848Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2002
 COM-017433Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2001
 COM-018784Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2000
 COM-019339Acadia National Park Advisory Commission1999
 COM-020677Acadia National Park Advisory Commission1998
 COM-021227Acadia National Park Advisory Commission1997
 COM-033248Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2018