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Enviro-Mich message from "Chris Reader" <xopher@tigerburningbright.net>

The letter below is from today's Bay City Times. Anyone have any
perspective on this?


Christopher Reader


People's forum
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Threatened shorelines

Voice: Gary Smith, Ossineke

I attended a meeting held by the DNR to inform us of their new plans
for three of the last large pieces of Huron shoreline in Northern
Michigan near Alpena - Thompson's Harbor, Rockport and Negwegon Park.
The state has decided to move forward with ''developing'' these
properties, and these last beautiful pieces of pristine shoreline
property will be changed forever. Even though countless numbers of
people have enjoyed their wild, nearly untouched (except for Rockport
harbor and quarry) beauty for decades, it is about to be developed in
the name of ''stewardship.''

Nearly the entire Northern Michigan shoreline has been developed, with
the exception of these properties and a few small pieces of public
land. These lands have given many an opportunity to get away from the
crowds to enjoy nature without walking through a commercialized
''outdoor museum.''

Instead of developing Thompson Harbor or Negwegon, why not focus on
Rockport, which already has a boat launch and would be a great place
for a campground.

As state parks and campgrounds are hurting for funding and some being
closed, it does make one wonder.

I believe that development of these lands will result in the loss of
pristine woods and shoreline. Surrounding properties will be annexed
into the park from Ossineke to South Point, requiring a $24 permit
fee. You will soon be able to hike down the beach to find a campground
city and one more ''wild'' place exploited by the state in the name of
''preservation'' for financial gain. The DNR must complete phase one
of this project by March 1, or they will lose the Federal funding, so
things are moving quickly. Please voice your concerns to your
congressman and Keith Cheli, district planner for the DNR at

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