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    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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    D.H. Day Campground opens Friday, April 18, 2014. Register at the self-registration station near the entrance.

Disturbed Lands Restoration EA

The National Park Service (NPS) is continuing the process of preparing detailed action plans for restoring non-historic lands throughout Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore that have been disturbed from their natural state by past use. To make certain that the impacts of restoring these lands are thoroughly evaluated, a Disturbed Lands Restoration Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared. The purpose of the EA is to ensure:

  • That the action plans include options that utilize the best science available for restoring disturbed lands while protecting the associated natural environment;
  • That the public has the opportunity for well-informed input on the range of options available for the disturbed areas; and,
  • That considerations for rare or protected plants and animals, critical habitat and dunes, wetlands, cultural resources, and visitor use and safety are key components within each plan.

Thanks to all who provided comments during the “scoping” phase of planning, in response to our November 16, 2007 letter. The comments you submitted will be considered in the preparation of the EA, which will be made available for public review and comment in 2008.

Download the original November 16, 2007 Disturbed Lands Restoration EA Scoping Letter in pdf format (320 kb).

Did You Know?

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

The lighthouse on South Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) was commissioned in 1872 and served Lake Michigan Shipping for over 100 years. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and climb its 117 step circular stairway to a great view of the Manitou Passage. More...