|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 22, 2011|
|Contact:||Alexander Brash, Senior Northeast Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 212.617.2989 or C: 917.420.0876
Alison Zemanski, Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 202.454.3332; C: 202.384.8762
National Parks Group Applauds Efforts to Conserve Land Near Acadia National Park
Statement by NPCA Senior Northeast Regional Director Alexander Brash
“We are thrilled by Lyme Timber Company’s leadership in conserving 3,200 acres of land on Schoodic Peninsula near Acadia National Park. We look forward to supporting Lyme and our partner conservation and stakeholder groups, such as Friends of Acadia and the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, as they create a plan for the property that considers appropriate development, consistent with protecting Acadia National Park’s adjacent landscape.
“With more than 2.2 million visitors each year, Acadia National Park generates more than $121 million annually to the region’s economy. Preserving the national park is crucial to Maine’s future. Under Lyme Timber’s leadership, we hope the Schoodic Peninsula can be developed and preserved in a way that helps Maine thrive, while simultaneously heralding and preserving one of its greatest assets – Acadia National Park.
“National parks are the places we go for recreation and inspiration and connect us to our natural and cultural heritage. As we prepare for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, we hope Lyme Timber and its partners will find a way to help celebrate this august moment by tying some or all of these new lands into Acadia. Together, we must leave our national parks in better shape for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”