Wilderness Volunteers: 2017 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan) Service Trip
Our service project was in the newly-designated Wilderness Area of North Manitou Island. Our week began with a six-mile U.S. Forest Service boat ride to the remote North Manitou Island. We then unloaded our gear and set up our basecamp for the week along the shores of Lake Michigan at a designated tent camping area. Our service project included helping the park service clear the many miles of overgrown trail in this newly designated wilderness. We cleared downed trees using hand saws and crosscut saws and cleared brush from the trail’s path. This was the first attempt in a long-range plan to clear the island's trails with traditional tools. The goal is to develop an annual trip in late May to clear 50+ trees from the island's 35 miles of trails.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located near Empire in Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been called the best nature escape in the Midwest with 65 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan coastline. Sleeping Bear Dunes is as old as the continental ice sheets and as young as the 1970 Establishment Act that set aside the Lakeshore for preservation of the natural resources and for public use. The most prominent features, and those for which the park is named, are the perched dunes above Lake Michigan. These immense sand dunes are “perched” atop the already towering headlands that are glacial moraines. The dune overlooks at the Sleeping Bear, Empire and Pyramid Point bluffs are about 400 feet above Lake Michigan.
For more information: http://www.WildernessVolunteers.org
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2017 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan)