EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says that northern Michigan’s
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore would enjoy greater protection under
Senate-passed legislation designating 32,000 acres as wilderness.
The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the measure, which Levin and fellow
Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow sponsored. The Democratic-led
Senate approved a similar bill in December, but the Republican-led House
failed to act on it.
Levin says the legislation preserves the Lake Michigan shoreline reserve
“while providing important access to the lakeshore’s recreational
opportunities and cultural resources.”
Levin has said that the action follows 13 years of work to update the
71,000-acre lakeshore’s management plan. The park is headquartered in
Empire. In the northwestern Lower Peninsula.