Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 9, 2014

Northern Notes: Community helps keep babies dry

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Friends and members of the organization Great Old Broads for Wilderness from Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin came together May 15-18 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the 25th anniversary of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, and most importantly to celebrate the inclusion of a “wilderness designated area” at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The event took place on Long Lake near Honor, and included a work project cleaning Esch Beach and a ranger-led hike along and in the new Wilderness area. Local speakers included Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Emily Shaw, Inland Seas Educational Association; Kerry Kelly, president of the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes; and Tiffany Hartung, Sierra Club, Beyond Coal Campaign, Michigan Chapter.

Participants in the celebration included Jan Reelitz, Sandy Dupuis, Patty Odernheimer, Ann Kreilkamp, Deb Scott, Karen Fischer, Lawrie Scharfenberg and Barb Slovisky.

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