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The mining of Michigan Dune Sand can be traced back to at least the mid 1850’s. Coastal sands of the Muskegon area were used for the gray iron foundries that sprang up there to support the Michigan timber industry. Some of these foundries evolved into supporting the heavy equipment and national defense industries.
Michigan's most unique and fragile sand dunes are protected by minimizing the impacts of development within designated critical dune areas along the Great Lakes shoreline.