January 4, 1960
To: Director, National Park Service
From: Secretary of the Interior
Subject: Great Lakes Shoreline Recreation Area Survey Report
The draft of the Great Lakes Shoreline Recreation Area Report has been received and is under review in this office. Because of the numerous inquiries concerning availability of the report, please proceed as rapidly as possible with its publication, using non-Government funds which have been donated for that purpose.
Three outstanding areas included in this report--the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Huron Mountains and Pictured Rocks--were recommended for consideration as units of the National Park System by the Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings and Monuments at their October 1959 meeting. It should be emphasized, however, that the Department of the Interior is supporting the enactment of legislation to permit the designation by the Secretary of not more than three shore areas as National Shoreline Recreation Areas. The shorelines of the Great Lakes will be considered along with those of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts in determining which three areas are worthy of preservation by the Federal Government should Congress enact the legislation. Publication of this Survey Report should not be construed either as approval or disapproval of any recommendations contained herein.
In the Great Lakes area, many State and local governmental agencies have evidenced an interest in the preservation of portions of our vanishing shoreline. Because of their concurrent interest in this field, this comprehensive survey should be of great value to such agencies in their consideration of additions to State and local public shoreline areas.
Secretary of the Interior
Last Updated: 27-Jun-2007