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DOI - 71 - Acadia National Park Advisory Commission - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameAcadia National Park Advisory CommissionAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2022Committee 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
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
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.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Commission meets an average of three times per year, with subcommittee work in between full meetings. This schedule has proved practical for their accomplishments and duties. The Commission 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.
*In 2022, the ANP Advisory Commission met virtually for two meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic having a high transmission rate in Hancock County. The September meeting was held in-person and virtually.
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*82Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe following motions were accepted during FY2022:

A motion was approved to accept three conservation easements:
-Conservation Easement on the Rechholtz property exchange on Route 3, Bar Harbor
-Parker Farm Woodland property Conservation Easement, in the village of Somesville, Town of Mount Desert
-Fernald Point Conservation Easement, Southwest Harbor
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 Comment*Briefings 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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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$38,150.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$38,825.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$575.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$800.00
Total Costs$38,725.00Est. Total Next FY*$39,625.00
Date Cost Last Modified10/12/2022 6:32 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.20Est Cost RemarksEstimate with Federal Register Submission, Facility Rental (1), and Sub-Committee Meetings (2)
Cost RemarksSubmission to Federal Register, Rental cost of Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor for September meeting. Sub-committee (1) met on same day as parent meeting.  
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Conservation and Preservation
Land Management and Use
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032270History Committee2022
 COM-032281Land Committee2022
 COM-032282Park Use Committee2022
 COM-032213Science and Education Committee2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039428Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2021
 COM-037105Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2020
 COM-035380Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2019
 COM-033248Acadia National Park Advisory Commission2018
 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