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E-M:/ Dune History Presentation, Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.



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Enviro-Mich message from "Tanya Cabala" <tcabala@lakemichigan.org>
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Contact:                                                            		FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sara Urbanski 
(616) 850-0745 x 11
surbanski@lakemichigan.org <mailto:surbanski@lakemichigan.org> 

Media Advisory

ALL ABOUT DUNES SPEAKER SERIES:  PIGEON HILL

What:		The Lake Michigan Federation and P.J. Hoffmaster State Park present Pigeon Hill: Loss of a Landmark, the last in the All About Dunes 2004 Speaker Series.  This will be the second year the series has been offered to the public, inviting key dune researchers, scientists, ecologists, and historians to offer important perspectives in Michigan's internationally unique sand dunes. 

				Tanya Cabala, Associate Director of the Lake Michigan Federation, will share the story of this massive dune that has fascinated people in the area for years.  At 300 feet tall, and most likely one of Michigan's tallest dunes, Pigeon Hill was located in Bluffton in Muskegon County, a historic duneland neighborhood that early in its history sheltered native tribes, fur traders, loggers, and later was the summer home of one of America's theatrical sweethearts, silent film star, Buster Keaton.  Pigeon Hill was named for the millions of passenger pigeons that lived for a time in the tall forests on its top.  The big hill was the focal point of the area - a landmark for sailors, lumber vessels, fishing boats, and leisure boaters on Muskegon Lake.  

Where:           Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center
		P.J. Hoffmaster State Park
				6585 Lake Harbor Road
				Muskegon, MI  49441
 		
When:		Thursday, October 28, 2004       
		7 p.m.

Cost:		Free; however park entrance fee may apply.

Contact:	Sara Urbanski at the Lake Michigan Federation, toll-free at (866) 850-0745 x 11 or
				surbanski@lakemichigan.org.

Who:		The Lake Michigan Federation was founded in 1970.  The Federation works diligently to assemble important 			research and provide it to decision-makers, offer educational programs to citizens, and promote 			           on the ground protection for the largest lake entirely within America's borders - our Big Lake - Lake Michigan.  

Why:		The dunes are rare internationally important landforms.  This discussion will highlight how they have been part of Michigan's rich historical past.  


Tanya Cabala
Lake Michigan Federation
700 Washington Avenue, Suite 150
Grand Haven, MI  49417
616-850-0745
616-850-0765
michigan@lakemichigan.org


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