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E-M:/ Climate Change Workshop

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Hansen" <ahansen@gtbay.org>

You are invited to attend the Climate Change and Winter Tourism in the Great
Lakes Region workshop, on November 8th, at the Crystal Mountain Resort near
Traverse City.

Climate change in the form of rapidly rising temperatures over the next
century could have significant effects on winter recreation and tourism
in the Great Lakes region. Warmer temperatures and less lake-effect snow,
for example, may significantly decrease annual snowfall in some areas, a
trend that has already been observed in the past few years.

While some communities and businesses may benefit from reduced snowfall, it
will likely mean significant economic losses for the region’s ski areas,
winter recreation industries and the businesses they support.  This workshop
will bring together scientists, winter sports enthusiasts, and leaders from
the business and tourism community to discuss the latest science of how
projected climate change in the region is likely to affect winter recreation
and tourism and explore ways to address the issue.

Workshop Details:
8:30 - 3:30 PM
Workshop is free of charge
Seating is limited
Registration Deadline: Nov. 4th
Lunch will be served

Please visit our website to find out more information or to download poster
at http://www.geo.msu.edu/glra

Any questions please call: Jeanne Bisanz #248-851-2316
or visit: http://www.geo.msu.edu/glra

The Climate Change and Winter Tourism in the Great Lakes: What Are the
Potential Impacts, and What We Can Do, is the fifth in a series of workshops
sponsored by Michigan State University, The Great Lakes Regional Assessment
Team, National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).

Climate Change and Winter Recreation in the Great Lakes Region:
What are the Potential Impacts, and What Can We Do?

8:45 AM – Welcome and Opening Comments

9:00 AM - How might climate change affect the Great Lakes region?
Peter Sousounis, Michigan State University

9:30 AM – What impact might climate change affect lake-effect snowstorms?
Ken Kunkel, Illinois State Water Survey

10:00 AM - What might be the impacts of climate change on tourism in the
Great Lakes region? Don Holecek, Michigan State University

10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM - 	How might a changing climate affect snowmobiliing?
Bill Manson, Michigan Snowmobile Association

11:15 AM - Stakeholder Panel Discussion

11:45 AM  - Lunch

1:00 PM – How does Crystal Mountain Adapt to a changing Climate?
Michael Call, Crystal Mountain

1:30 PM - What are some actions that ski resorts can take in response to
climate change? Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company

2:00 PM - What are the impacts of a changing climate on business for a
winter city in Northern Michigan? Carol Potter, Cadillac Area Visitors

2:30 PM - Stakeholder Panel Discussion

3:00 PM – Closing Remarks

Registration required by Nov. 4th Register online at http://geo.msu.edu/glra
or call Jeanne Bisanz at 248-851-2316

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