• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Environmental Leadership

Grand Portal Point towers above Lake Superior.
Grand Portal Point
Hiawatha Interpretive Association photo

Sustainable is Attainable
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has progressively worked to develop and adopt sustainable practices. Many of these practices have simply been implemented by staff members adjusting operational procedures in day to day operations. Others have been developed through various initiatives and programs requiring outside funding sources. All rely on the commitment of park staff to look at what is done and try to make a difference.

Pictured Rocks views sustainability not only in how the park and its operations impact the environment, but also on how operations affect the health and safety of its employees and visitors. Almost universally, we have found that practices considered sustainable for the environment are equally beneficial for lakeshore employees. For instance, the production, use, and disposal of toxic and hazardous materials are of equal concern to both.

As the lakeshore's sustainability program evolves, we will continue to evaluate products, procedures, and operations to improve our sustainability scorecard.


Did You Know?

Bear claw scars on the smooth bark of an American beech tree.

Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...