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.
Wilderness and Wilderness Ethics
What is Wilderness?
"Wilderness is the land that was - wild land beyond the frontier...land that shaped the growth of our nation and the character of its people...Wilderness is the land that is - rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance"
In 1964, with the Wilderness Act, the American people set aside wilderness areas to let nature prevail. The Wilderness Act also established the National Wilderness Preservation System to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness." The National Park Service along with the Bureau of Land Management, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Forest Service strive to ensure that wilderness remains wild for future generations.
Wilderness Ethics and the
Did You Know?
In the US, invasive species are the second biggest threat to native ecosystems after habitat loss. They reduce diversity, alter disturbance regimes, and have cascading effects on food webs, costing upwards of $140 Billion per year. More...