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E-M:/ FW: TAKING SAND DUNE PROTECTION ON THE ROAD



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Enviro-Mich message from Jenny Allen <wmeac@bigplanet.com>
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I am sending out the following for Lake Michigan Federation.  For more
information contact:

Jamie S. Morton
Lake Michigan Federation
231-722-5116
jmorton@lakemichigan.org


TAKING SAND DUNE PROTECTION ON THE ROAD

The Lake Michigan Federation will be holding three one-day workshops for
local government officials on what communities can do to protect Lake
Michigan¹s magnificent coastal sand dunes.  The dunes, created thousands of
years ago as the glaciers receded, are a tremendous economic asset to
shoreline communities and help provide a unique quality of life for the
region.  Although workshops are directed toward local officials, citizens
interested in sand dune protection are also encouraged to participate.

The agenda will focus on the importance of sand dunes to Michigan and offer
specific suggestions on how to increase protection at the community level.
Jeff Auch, of GVSU¹s Water Resources Institute will provide an overview of
dune ecology.  Tanya Cabala, Michigan Director for the Federation, will
present a background on history of the dunes.  A panel of community leaders
will highlight community success stories of dune preservation.  Regional
land conservancies will showcase their programs and demonstrate how
individual property owners and communities can protect dunes.  There will
also be an overview of local regulations related to sand dunes and what
works best in Lake Michigan coastal communities.  The workshop will conclude
with a "Next Steps" panel in which experts will offer their advice on the
development of specific local strategies to increase sand dune protection.

A celebration will conclude the workshops with a special performance by
Grand Valley¹s Bear Creek Players, under the direction of Max Bush.   The
skit was specially created for the workshops.  This portion of the workshop
will be free to the public and include a special viewing of the exhibit, A
Celebration of Student Sand Dune Art.  According to Tanya Cabala, "These
workshops will be very useful to local elected officials who want to provide
increased protection of dunes in their communities. The day also offers a
unique opportunity to see the appreciation of Lake Michigan dunes from a
unique student perspective, in both the theater skit and artwork exhibited.

The workshops will take place on May 5, at the Hilt Building in downtown
Muskegon; on June 16, at the Historic Ramsdell Theater in Manistee; and on
July 7 at The Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph.  The cost of the
workshop is $30 and includes lunch, refreshments and handouts. A limited
number of scholarships will be offered.  For information or to register,
contact Jamie S. Morton at jmorton@lakemichigan.org or 231-722-5116.   For
more information about the Lake Michigan Federation, please view the
Federation¹s Web site at www.lakemichigan.org.




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Jenny Allen 
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
1514 Wealthy SE, Suite 280
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-2755
(616) 451-3051
Fax: (616) 451-3054
New Email: jallen@wmeac.org
www.wmeac.org

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