We're a group of concerned citizens, nature lovers, and those whose souls are refreshed by experiencing the natural beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore -- which we thought would be protected forever by the National Park Service.
We're working together to encourage Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to be as natural as can be and
to make sure the Lakeshore stays true to its purpose, as defined in its enabling legislation by Congress:
To preserve outstanding natural features, including forests, beaches, dune formations, and ancient glacial phenomena in their natural setting and protect them from developments and uses that would destroy the scenic beauty and natural character of the area, for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreation, and enjoyment of the public.
We believe that the National Lakeshore strayed from its mission and purpose in cutting a wide swath through the forest and paving the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail with asphalt.
We know that it didn't have to be this way. The Architectural Barriers Act standards, commonly used by the National Park Service, could provide a totally accessible trail, less wide and with compacted, crushed rock instead of asphalt, for a more natural experience for all users.
Our goal is to stop the continuation of the trail in its present form. We are not against bicycling and having fun -- we're for everyone getting out and enjoying nature in a natural environment, just not on pavement in a national park. We have plenty of pavement in cities.
Join us in our effort to keep the Lakeshore true to its purpose!