Ice Caves No Longer Safe
The ice formations in Leelanau Township, north of the park, are no longer safe to visit. High winds have fractured the ice, moving it to the west. Huge cracks have formed in the cave arches, making them very unsafe and open water is now visible.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Announces Release of Draft General Management Plan
Contact: Dusty Shultz or Tom Ulrich, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that the Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/WS/EIS) is available for public review.
The Draft GMP/WS/EIS includes detailed maps and narrative text that describe four Action Alternatives (a “Preferred” and three others) and a No-Action Alternative, which represents the way the Lakeshore is currently managed. “The Preferred Alternative was developed from the public comments we received last year and it incorporates elements of the other alternatives that people liked best. We are especially interested in the public’s reaction to this alternative since we believe it represents a good balance among the wide range of interests people have in the National Lakeshore,” said Shultz.
The public comment period for the Draft GMP/WS/EIS will be open until June 13, 2008. There are numerous ways for the public to provide their comments on this important phase of the planning process including submitting comments on-line through the following link: Click Here to View Document and Comment. You can also send comments through the mail or provide comments at the public meetings scheduled for early June 2008.
Superintendent Shultz has invited all interested parties to attend any of three identical public meetings on June 3, 4, and 5, 2008 as follows:
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
“With the publication of the Draft GMP/WS/EIS, we have moved into the last round of public input in the planning process. The Draft is a detailed look at the alternatives and their impacts, and a thorough public review is essential to finalizing the plan. Our goal remains to develop a final plan that will provide a variety of recreational opportunities while continuing to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. As always, we look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to also visit our website for additional information,” said Shultz. The public comment period closes on June 13, 2008 so comments received by then will be most helpful in developing the final plan.
For your convenience, comments may be submitted on-line using the following link: Click Here to View Document and Comment. You can also write to us at:
For more information please call (231) 326-5134.
Did You Know?
Where can you find 35 miles of pristine Lake Michigan Beaches? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also includes North Manitou Island (20 miles of shoreline) and South Manitou Island (14 miles of shoreline). More...