Fallen tree fire danger, Pokémon Go hunts at Sleeping Bear, free Lakeshore admission to celebrate National Parks’ 100th and more. Here’s a roundup of some popular Lakeshore news stories from around the web.
Fallen Trees From 2015’s August Windstorm Pose Major Fire Risk
It’s been a year since the Sleeping Bear Dunes took a direct hit from a historic windstorm that swept in over the region in 2015. Winds clocked at 80 to 100 mph winds snapped and uprooted thousands of centuries-old trees. And now, according to fire experts interviewed by the Detroit Free Press this month, all that downed timber inside the boundaries of the Lakeshore poses a major fire risk if left uncleared. Click here to read the full story.
Sleeping Bear Hosts Pokémon Go Hunts
The rangers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore were getting into the latest IPhone gaming craze by hosting their first "Pokémon Hunt" earlier this month. According to MLive, visitors who attended these guided walks uncovered creatures both physical and virtual with the help of Lakeshore rangers who showed participants many Pokémon hotspots while explaining other natural wonders in the park. More Pokémon hunts are expected to take place this fall. Click here to read the full report.
Lighthouse With View Of Sleeping Bear Up For Auction
North Manitou Shoal Light [source: freep.com/U.S. General Services Administration]
According to MLive, a unique property within the Sleeping Bear Dunes—the now obsolete North Manitou Shoal Light—is on the auction block after no buyers were found for it last year. The U.S. General Services Administration is organizing a group visit August 30th to the lighthouse. The visit is open to registered bidders who have paid a $10,000 deposit. Click here to read the entire story.
Sleeping Bear Dunes On Track For Another Record-Breaking Year
The National Park Service turned 100 years old on August 25th, and it looks like the past year’s marketing effort behind the 100th Anniversary has arguably paid off for the Sleeping Bear Dunes. According to a recent report on 9&10 News, the Lakeshore has already surpassed summer visitation numbers (1 million) from 2015. With over four months to go before the end of 2016, the Lakeshore is on track to easily surpass 2015’s record-setting visitation record of 1.5 million. Click here to read the full story.
Free Lakeshore Admission Part Of National Parks’ 100th Anniversary
The National Park Service was created August 25,1916, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes celebrated the milestone birthday with an all-day party of activities and special programs for visitors this past Thursday. The party might be over but, according to 9&10 News, the Lakeshore will continue to offer visitors free admission until Sunday August 28th. Click here to read the entire article.