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.
Invasive Tree Removal at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Contact: Amanda Brushaber, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is planning to remove a non-native invasive Austrian pine infestation this fall as part of a prairie warbler habitat restoration project. The prairie warbler is listed as endangered by the State of Michigan. The site of the Austrian pine infestation is located on the dunes, adjacent to Lake Michigan, in a remote area southwest of the Platte River. The pines are aggressively naturalizing and displacing native species and some rare plants that are endemic to the Great Lakes dunes. One of these displaced native species is jack pine, which provides habitat for state listed endangered species.
The work includes the removal of the 11-acre infestation beginning this fall. Chainsaws will be used to fell and stack the pines into piles, with plans to burn them in the spring or following winter. Visitors are asked not to approach the site while work is ongoing due to the inherent hazards of felling trees. In the summer of 2011, crews will remove the remaining saplings with hand tools, followed by the establishment of native plants. Removal of the infestation will allow native species to become re-established in the area and return the dune forest ecosystem to its natural state.
For additional information about this project or its location, please contact Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Biologist Amanda Brushaber at 231-334-7452.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Life-Saving Station in Glen Haven was moved from Sleeping Bear Point in 1931 because it was being covered with sand from the moving dunes. Visit the Maritime Museum in Glen Haven in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to see how the crew lived and worked. More...