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June 15, 2012

Letter to the Editor: 06/15/2012

'Along the Shore'

At the May 21 public meeting of the Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route Committee, the Little Traverse Lake property owners presented information on an "Along The Shore" segment as part of the Heritage Trail.

The "Along the Shore" route between CR669 and CR651 would complement the first portion of the dune climb to Glen Arbor segment by creating a superior natural experience for the trail user, as compared to a trail along a county public road.

This "Along the Shore" route follows historical and existing roads, does not have significant environmental impacts (no wetlands, no clearing of mature forests, no large creek crossings, no removal of protected critical dune hills), does not impact private property owners, avoids public safety concerns and is considerably lower in cost than proposed alternatives.

The Little Traverse Lake Property Owners Association also detailed numerous problems and real challenges with the currently proposed Traverse Lake Road options, which would result in a substandard user experience along a county road.

A professional review of the park's environmental assessment report has also been completed by Mansfield & Associates, Inc. and highlights various inconsistencies and inadequacies.

The presentation, as well as other key information, can be viewed at

Len Swanson


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