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Freshwater Dune Summit
Sun, 7 May 2017, 3:00 PM – Mon, 8 May 2017, 4:30 PM
Our Great Lakes coastal dunes drive a thriving and diverse economy along with a unique lifestyle! Let’s work together to advance the protection of this remarkable natural landscape.
Join the Michigan Environmental Council, Heart of the Lakes, and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and connect with others who promote, advocate for, and reserach this vital part of of our landscape. Share #howyoudune #dunegood #dunescience
This first-time event welcomes outdoor adventurers, sand dune advocates, academic researchers and tourism professionals with a casual mix of recreation, information, and local food and beer, all in celebration of the beauty and value of our amazing natural asset.
MAY 7, 2017
Sunday Funday! Meet at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor for recreational outings with fellow dune lovers. Nominal contributions are requested to help organize each activity.
Option A.) Group bike ride down to Pere Marquette beach. Bring your own bike if you have one, some limited bike rentals are also available. Helmets are required.
Option B.) Trail run in the dunes led by local running enthusiasts. Small groups will carpool to nearby trail for a 3 mile run along Lake Michigan next to the dunes.
Option C.) 1.5 hour kayak float on the Muskegon River, organized through a local guide service. Cost includes kayak and transportation to/from hotel.
Dinner at Rebel Pies in downtown Muskegon.
Coastal films and brews at Unruly Brewing.
MAY 8, 2017
Morning Yoga with Root Down Yoga, on the deck of a ship in the Muskegon Harbor (short walk from the hotel)
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Caffeine at the Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor
9:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Option A.) North Ottawa Dunes Field Trip
Option B.) Breakout sessions covering dune management, economic benefits, and outdoor recreation.
Guest speakers include Candy Kozeluh (Marquette CVB), Lori Booth (Surfrider Foundation), Jamie Cross (Great Lakes Alliance Clean Beaches Initiative).
12:30 - 2:00p.m.
Lunch with keynote speakers and awards. Drs. Robert Richardson and Sarah Nichols of Michigan State University will unveil a new social and economic value survey for the dunes. Heart of the Lakes will present it's annual Conservation Hero's awards.
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Balancing Conservation and Recreation in Coastal Dunes
3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
National Lakeshores: Stories of Success and Challenge
Happy House Session at Pigeon Hill Brewery -- Sharing Local Opportunities and Challenges
Additional invited speakers include representatives of Ottawa County Parks, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Land Conservancy of Michigan, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Leelanau Conservancy, Chikaming Open Lands, Michigan Dune Alliance and others.
Overnight rooms are reserved at Holiday Inn & Conference Center Downtown Muskegon. Guests should call the front desk (231-722-0100 x3) and ask for the Michigan Dune Summit group block, before April 23rd 2017. Mention the group for a discounted rate of $89/night for May 7. To receive tax exemption, guests will need to bring their federal tax exempt form with them or fax/email it prior to arrival.
Financial assistance for this event provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration