Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan State University are working on a project about the importance of our coastal dunes.
As you probably know, Michigan has more miles of freshwater coastline than any other state in the US and the Great Lakes host the largest collection of freshwater sand dunes in the world.
There are approximately 275,000 acres of these coastal sand dunes in Michigan and they provide a range of ecological, cultural and economic value to the state and its coastal communities.
Most of the state’s dunes are comprised of wind-blown glacial sand and are located along Lakes Michigan and Superior.
They include diverse features such as hilly foredunes, forested backdunes, inter-dunal wetlands and sandy beaches.
Their beauty and rich diversity of plant and wildlife attract residents and millions of visitors to Michigan shorelines to live, work and play.
In doing so, they challenge us to weigh our enjoyment of the dunes against the need to protect them and to live in greater harmony with their dynamic, ever-changing nature.
Michigan State University is working with MEC to conduct a survey intended to gather information about the value and uses of Great Lakes coastal dunes.
To participate, please click here: Survey
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