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.
The Effects of Sequestration at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Effective March 1, 2013, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.
For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, this amounts to a $234,000 reduction from a budget of $4,676,000. The park cut travel, training, overtime, and supply purchases, and reduced the number and length of seasonal employee positions to meet the required spending reduction. The park was not given the option of furloughing permanent employees.
While the National Lakeshore takes the actions necessary to comply with sequestration, Superintendent Dusty Shultz noted that, "The park remains open, welcoming visitors and continuing to protect the resources entrusted to our care."
Following are the major actions being taken to implement the cut:
Visitor Services and Facilities:
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...