Grand Sable Dunes temporary closure to all public entry for visitor safety
Grand Sable Dunes are rapidly eroding into Sable Creek and Lake Superior. The area from the Ghost Forest Trail north to Lake Superior then along the shoreline to the west side of Sable Creek is temporarily closed. Follow closure signs for your safety. More »
Beech Bark Disease
U.S. Forest Service photo
The American beech, a dominant species in the upland forests of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is seriously threatened by Beech Bark Disease (BBD). This tree disease originated in Europe and was accidentally introduced to Nova Scotia around 1890, most likely from infected European beech brought for a horticultural exhibit. It has been spreading slowly through the eastern United States ever since.
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources photo
Impacts to the Forest Ecosystem
NPS photo / Mike Peters
What can be done?
Beech saplings will always be present in the forest since they can sprout from roots of fallen trees, but the vast majority of them will become infected as young trees. The only way to restore beech as a functional component of the forest ecosystem is to identify and propagate resistant trees. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is taking a major role in this effort.
Did You Know?
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the only National Park Service area with an inland buffer zone within its boundary. It is owned by the State of Michigan, corporations, and private citizens. The zone was created to permit sustained yield timber harvest and protect the watershed. More...