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Contact: Bruce Huffman or Tom Ulrich, 231-326-5134
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Dusty Shultz announced today that Newsletter #4 containing the latest information on the new General Management Plan/Wilderness Study (GMP/WS) is being mailed this week to 2,400 interested parties.
Newsletter #4 includes detailed maps and narrative text that describe three Preliminary Action Alternatives and the No-Action Alternative, which represents the way the Lakeshore is currently managed. “The Preliminary Alternatives were developed using the range of public comments we received thus far. It is important to remember that the Preliminary Alternatives presented in Newsletter #4 are a palette of ideas representing a wide range of possible management directions for the National Lakeshore over the next 20 plus years,” said Shultz.
The public comment period for Newsletter #4 will be open until May 14, 2007. There are numerous ways for the public to provide their comments on this important phase of the planning process including sending comments through the mail, submitting comments on-line through the National Park Service Planning website link, completing a fillable comment form which is available on the website, and attending and providing comments at the public meetings scheduled for early May 2007. Comments received by May 14, 2007 will be most helpful in refining and developing a Preferred Alternative.
Superintendent Shultz has invited all interested parties to attend any of three identical public meetings on May 1, 2, and 3, 2007 as follows: