Acadia Has Joined the Alt National Park Service
New England’s only national park has joined the growing list of parks vowing to resist President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday morning, the Alt National Park Service announced on its Facebook page Acadia National Park would be “joining the resistance.” The 47,000-acre park in Maine has been added to the ranks with Arches, Glacier, Badlands, Grand Canyon, Everglades, Cuyahoga Valley, Rocky Mountain, Shenandoah, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
The announcement was posted with a photo of one of Acadia’s shorelines, where supporters etched “RESIST” in the sand during low tide. The message has since been washed away.
The Alt National Park Service arose from the dozens of rogue social media accounts created by park rangers in defiance of President Trump’s social media gag order on the Interior Department, which manages the National Park Service. The account condemns social media bans, media blackouts, funding reductions, and hiring freezes in the Interior Department. External communications were also halted at the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services last week.
The self-proclaimed “official resistance team” denounces the Trump administration’s environmental policy orders and proposals, and wrote in a recent post that the Alt National Park Service was formed to ensure the protection of the environment for future generations to come.
“We are here to stand up and speak out against the current administration. We all refuse to be silenced while we watch everything we love crumble,” reads the post.
The coalition’s Facebook page has garnered almost 1.2 million likes since it was created on January 26. It has also received frequent design submissions for logos, patches, t-shirts, and bumper stickers, which feature slogans like “Smokey Says Resist” and “I Will Not Be Silent.”
The Alt National Park Service is made up of 50 national park rangers from across the country. It urges supporters to join the movement through its website, altnps.org.
Update: Alt Acadia National Park, which is not directly related to the Alt National Park Service coalition, has also created a Facebook page. You can see it here.