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Media Advisory: Loving our Dunes to Death?

Nov 1, 2017
Lauded by poets as the Midwest's Grand Canyon or Yosemite, and named "the Most Beautiful Place in America," Michigan’s coastal dunes are a part of the largest freshwater dune system in the world, so large they are visible from space. 

We cannot protect Michigan’s coastal dunes without first understanding their importance. Researchers are gathering information about the age and locations of approximately 275,000 acres of coastal dunes and developing tools to understand and measure their overall impact on our quality of life, tourism economy and recreational use.  

Join us for discussion with experts as they share their latest insights into our freshwater coastal dune system and learn more about how we can best balance conservation with enjoyment. 

WHAT: Loving our Dunes to Death? Balancing Enjoyment with Conservation 

WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6 pm-8 pm 

WHERE: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085 

SPEAKERS: 
  • Marcy Hamilton, Preserve the Dunes 
  • Brad Garmon, Michigan Environmental Council 
  • Elaine Isely, West Michigan Environmental Action Council 
  • Dr. Alan Arbogast, Michigan State University 
  • Dr. Robert Richardson, Michigan State University 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to read speaker bios, visit: http://www.swmpc.org/dunes.asp 

The event is organized by the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Michigan Environmental Council, Preserve the Dunes, Western Michigan Environmental Action Council, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Chikaming Open Lands, Sarett Nature Center, Berrien County Conservation District, Van Buren County Conservation District. 
Contact
Katie Parrish
(517) 999-0425
katie@environmentalcouncil.org
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