TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Legislation under consideration in Congress
would designate about 32,500 acres within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National
Lakeshore as wilderness.
The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the measure this
week in Washington, D.C. It would ensure that natural features of the
wilderness areas would be preserved, while county roads, historical
structures and public access to Lake Michigan would be protected.
The areas would be open to hunting and fishing.
Jeannette Feeheley of a group called Citizens for Access to the Lakeshore
testified in favor of the measure, saying it would benefit the area economy
and meets the needs of varied types of recreation.
Republican Dan Benishek is sponsoring the House bill. The Senate approved an
identical measure last month sponsored by Democrat Carl Levin.