First New US Wilderness Area in Five Years
The House of Representatives passed the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act, which permanently protects 32,557 acres along the mainland shore of Lake Michigan. The Senate approved the bill last year and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Representative Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) and Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.). This newest addition to the National Wilderness Preservation Systemwill be known as “Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness,” which includes portions of two islands, forests, miles of beach and spectacular sand dunes rising hundreds of feet above Lake Michigan.
—The Wilderness Society (March 6, 2014), photo credit: xray10 on flickr