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PRESS RELEASE

The Dexter Township Board has agreed to support a resolution proposed by the Friends of Pickerel Lake, asking for a one year moratorium on development to Pickerel Lake by the Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Over 150 Michigan citizens have formed the group Friends of Pickerel Lake, whose goal is to stop DNR plans which will attract more gas powered boats to the lake. Located in the Pinckney Recreation Area, in Washtenaw County, the small 20 acre lake is largely untouched, and for years has been a haven for a variety of users who enjoy the pristine waters and the tranquil setting. A channel connects Crooked Lake to Pickerel Lake, but a sandy lane is the only direct access to the lake.

The DNR plans to grade and gravel the parking lot and the lane to the lake. The sandy area at the water's edge would be entirely covered with gravel and will serve as an improved boat launch.

FPL is concerned that these changes will cause a shift from current low impact to high impact usage, harming the environmental integrity of the lake and shore. On a typical day, Pickerel Lake attracts small boaters, fishermen, scuba divers, snorkelers, families and individuals who come to enjoy the quiet, natural setting. All this will be changed with the arrival of more and larger gas motor boats, which will bring noise and pollution, disturbing the wildlife and changing the character of the lake.

As a result of public pressure from many lake users in the Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Pinckney areas who have sent hundreds of letters to Susan Lothrop, District Manager, the DNR has assured FPL that there will be a public hearing, probably in late May.

Larger lakes in the Pinckney Recreation Area such as Half Moon, Portage, North, South, Bruin and Joslin Lakes all have improved boat ramps and have been developed by the DNR to attract and accommodate a large number of gas powered boats. Mill Lake in the Waterloo Recreation Area is the only lake in Washtenaw County designated "no gas motors."

The objectives of Friends of Pickerel Lake are to work with the DNR to explore alternatives to their current plans, to limit boating to car-top, carry down boats using only non gas motors, and to preserve the low impact multiple use of Pickerel Lake.

Organizations such as Washtenaw Audubon and the Ecology Center have issued statements opposing any alterations to the Pickerel Lake site that would increase high impact use and urging the DNR to reconsider its plans and to accept citizen input. Many members of the People's Food Coop in Ann Arbor support FPL as evidenced by their signing a petition with over 200 names.

For more information, go to the FPL website: friendsofpickerellake.org
CONTACT:
hfweiss@umich.edu







PRESS RELEASE

The Dexter Township Board has agreed to support a resolution proposed by the Friends of Pickerel Lake, asking for a one year moratorium on development to Pickerel Lake by the Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Over 150 Michigan citizens have formed the group Friends of Pickerel Lake, whose goal is to stop DNR plans which will attract more gas powered boats to the lake. Located in the Pinckney Recreation Area, in Washtenaw County, the small 20 acre lake is largely untouched, and for years has been a haven for a variety of users who enjoy the pristine waters and the tranquil setting. A channel connects Crooked Lake to Pickerel Lake, but a sandy lane is the only direct access to the lake.

The DNR plans to grade and gravel the parking lot and the lane to the lake. The sandy area at the water's edge would be entirely covered with gravel and will serve as an improved boat launch.

FPL is concerned that these changes will cause a shift from current low impact to high impact usage, harming the environmental integrity of the lake and shore. On a typical day, Pickerel Lake attracts small boaters, fishermen, scuba divers, snorkelers, families and individuals who come to enjoy the quiet, natural setting. All this will be changed with the arrival of more and larger gas motor boats, which will bring noise and pollution, disturbing the wildlife and changing the character of the lake.

As a result of public pressure from many lake users in the Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Pinckney areas who have sent hundreds of letters to Susan Lothrop, District Manager, the DNR has assured FPL that there will be a public hearing, probably in late May.

Larger lakes in the Pinckney Recreation Area such as Half Moon, Portage, North, South, Bruin and Joslin Lakes all have improved boat ramps and have been developed by the DNR to attract and accommodate a large number of gas powered boats. Mill Lake in the Waterloo Recreation Area is the only lake in Washtenaw County designated "no gas motors."

The objectives of Friends of Pickerel Lake are to work with the DNR to explore alternatives to their current plans, to limit boating to car-top, carry down boats using only non gas motors, and to preserve the low impact multiple use of Pickerel Lake.

Organizations such as Washtenaw Audubon, Michigan Environmental Council and the Ecology Center have issued statements opposing any alterations to the Pickerel Lake site that would increase high impact use and urging the DNR to reconsider its plans and to accept citizen input. Many members of the People's Food Coop in Ann Arbor support FPL as evidenced by their signing a petition with over 200 names.

For more information, go to the FPL website: friendsofpickerellake.org
CONTACT: criseng@umich.edu