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SG-W:/ Fwd: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19 (fwd)
- Subject: SG-W:/ Fwd: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19 (fwd)
- From: Liz Brater <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 15:41:55 -0400
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>Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 10:10:50 -0400
>From: Linda Berauer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Liz Brater <email@example.com>, Nancy Shiffler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19 (fwd)
>Dear Liz and Nancy (and Doug),
>Here's the update we sent out to our big list. Please free to forward to
>your network. Individuals who want to be added to our list should e-mail
>Sally Rutzky at email@example.com, our ace list maintainer.
>Thanks for coming to represent your constituencies. We are appalled that
>neither of you were called upon to speak.
>---------- Forwarded Message ----------
>Date: Friday, August 17, 2001 9:01 AM -0400
>Subject: Friends of Pickerel Lake Update 19
>URGENT REQUEST FOR REBUTTAL LETTER TO MDNR's PLAN
>Thank you to all who attended the DNR's public meeting in Pinckney on Aug.
>14th and to those
>who spoke so eloquently. It was a great turnout! We want to especially
>recognize Rep. John Hansen and Senator Alma Wheeler Smith (represented by
>Mary Schroer) for speaking on our behalf, and Liz Brater (Ecology Center)
>and Nancy Shiffler (Sierra Club) who came prepared to speak but were not
>We urgently request that you send a rebuttal letter to Chief Rodney Stokes
>of the MDNR's Parks and Recreation Bureau about the plan that was presented
>at the meeting. See below for a summary of the MDNR's plan and our
>According to Rodney Stokes, written comment MUST BE RECEIVED BY AUG.
>decision will be made 30 days after that date.
>Send your letter via snail mail and e-mail. We need to inundate the MDNR
>with as many letters as possible.
>Mr. Rodney Stokes
>Chief, MDNR Parks and Recreation Bureau
>Stevens T. Mason Building
>P.O. Box 30257
>Lansing, MI 48909-7757
>It would help immensely to copy your letter to:
>Mr. K.L. Cool
>P.O. Box 30028
>Lansing, MI 48909-7757
>Mr. Robert Tetens
>Supervisor, Dexter Township
>6880 Dexter-Pinckney Rd.
>Dexter Township 48130
>Senator Alma Wheeler Smith
>510 Farnum Building
>P.O. Box 30036
>Lansing, MI 48909-7536
>Rep. John Hansen
>0986 House Office Bldg
>P.O. Box 30014
>Lansing, MI 48909-7514
>Mr. Stokes' boss (DNR Director Kool) and our elected reps need to know the
>extent of the opposition!
>We also strongly urge letter-writing to the editor of your local paper.
>PUBLIC MEETING SUMMARY/FPL'S RESPONSE
>Over 250 people attended the public meeting. About 30 people were allowed
>to speak out of approximately 80 who signed up at the meeting. Only two
>people spoke in favor of the MDNR's plan.
>Here is the summary of the MDNR's plan as taken from our notes. We are
>still waiting for a copy of this plan.
>1. MDNR states that erosion exists in this area and will be resolved by
>grading and covering it with limestone; boulders will be placed around the
>perimeter to confine vehicular traffic to the parking lot.
>2. Parking will be restricted to 5 car and 5 car/trailer spaces; one of
>each will be barrier-free.
>1. MDNR states that erosion exists from the edge of the parking lot to the
>water's edge. This area, excluding a small area set aside as a beach, will
>be graded and covered with limestone.
>2. Cars and car/trailers will continue to be allowed access to the water's
>3. Handicap accessibility to the pier will be provided via limestone
>surface suitable for a wheelchair.
>4. A small, rectangular sandy area (estimated at 8' x 12') west of the
>entrance to the pier will be re-constructed to fix the alleged erosion
>problem and to provide a sandy area [new sandbox!]. Construction would
>involve excavating ("temporarily" removing the sand), laying down a type of
>geo-tech fabric at the base, depositing 4" of gravel infill, covering that
>with a geo-web material, and topping it all by 2" of sand.
>The needs of the primary users--swimmers, nature lovers, canoers, kayakers,
>picnickers, low-impact anglers, etc.--have not been incorporated into the
>MDNR's plan. The MDNR views Pickerel as primarily a boating and fishing
>lake. Their plan aims to facilitate access by vehicles with boats and to
>discourage other users. We feel that primary usage should dictate the plan
>for Pickerel Lake. We advocate non gas-powered boats that are appropriate
>for the size of this lake.
>1. Our experts (geologists, landscape architects) confirm that there is
>erosion in the parking lot and that it needs to be fixed.
>2. We disagree with the proposed number and type of parking spaces. We
>think 15 to 20 spaces could be provided, which would include one handicap
>spot and one car/trailer spot.
>1. Our experts have found no erosion problem from the edge of the parking
>lot to the water's edge. We want this area maintained in its current
>condition. No reconstruction using their new technique!
>2. We do not want any vehicular traffic to access the water's edge. Cars
>with boats can drop them off at the edge of the parking lot and hand-carry
>them to the water. Boat access is also available at Crooked Lake which is
>connected to Pickerel.
>3. Handicap accessibility to the pier can be provided via a wooden
>boardwalk from the edge of the parking lot (next to handicap parking spot)
>to the pier. This would be about 42" in width and still allow boats to be
>hand-carried alongside it.
>Thanks to all of your letters to date, the DNR is putting on a show of
>"listening." Mr. Stokes was accompanied by 12 of his staff coming out to
>Pinckney. They believe the 2" of sand on top of the gravel is a
>"compromise" we will accept.
>They admitted their plan for the Pickerel shoreline was experimental, they
>didn't know if it would work, did not have a plan for what to do if it
>didn't work, and did not have a cost estimate.
>Please let them know what you think!
>---------- End Forwarded Message ----------
>Manager, Program Development
>University of Michigan
>Population Fellows Programs
>1214 South University, Second Floor
>Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Land Use Director
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3186 x121
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