Happy Holidays:

I am writing to enlist the assistance of the Macomb Audubon Society to help us save a beautiful, wild habitat on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The Saugatuck Dunes State Park is a freshwater sand dune ecosystem that offers one of the few remaining wilderness experiences for residents of this state.   The  pristine forested park is home to a number of threatened or endangered plant species.  It is also one of the only nesting sites in Michigan for the Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina). Dozens of shorebirds species from the Dunlin to the Willet use the pristine beach habitat as a safe haven during migration.  The park is also a home to the Cerulean Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler,  Wood Thrush, Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl and Scarlet Tanager.

Currently, the park is under tremendous pressure from two local communities: Laketown Township and the city of Holland.  Both have submitted separate proposals to the DNR to construct water intake and treatment facilities within the boundaries of the park. Plans call for an access road (that we dissect the park in half), pumping station on the beach and a 35-acre treatment plant.   Since there are so few natural areas in the west Michigan area - and the state - Concerned Citizens for Saugatuck Dunes are opposed to the violation of this quiet, scenic wild landscape.

The Holland Audubon Club and Audubon Society of Kalamazoo have gone on record against the proposals.  We also have the support of several well-respected environmental organizations including the Michigan Environmental Council and the Michigan Land Use Institute.

Would the Macomb Audubon Society be willing to help?  If so, you could...
- Post this article in your newsletter
- Distribute flyers to your members (these could be mailed to you)
- Compose a letter of resolution, stating your opposition to the park
- Send letters to the appropriate officials at the state or local level

We appreciate any consideration you can give this important issue. For additional information, please visit http://www.saugatuckdunes.org.

As a member of the 600+ members of Concerned Citizens for Saugatuck Dunes - thank you for your consideration!   I welcome your calls or emails.

Sincerely,

Beth Straebel
phone: 616-459-8370
Bstraebel@aol.com

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