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General management plans are required for all units of the national park system and are intended to establish the future management direction of a park unit. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore General Management Plan provides comprehensive guidance for perpetuating natural systems, preserving cultural resources, and providing opportunities for quality visitor experiences at the Lakeshore. The purpose of the plan is to decide how the National Park Service can best fulfill the Lakeshore’s purpose, maintain its significance, and protect its resources unimpaired for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Nearly three years in the making, the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study (GMP/WS) planning process began in early 2006 to replace the outdated 1979 GMP. National Park Service staff members conducted an extensive public involvement and outreach program, meeting with over 2,600 people in 97 informational meetings. The GMP/WS was crafted from the public comment received throughout the process and was finalized in 2009.

Copies of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are available in print or on cd. Please email us for a copy.

Last updated: January 24, 2018

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