Department of Natural Resources
Oct. 10, 2019
|The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on two new general management plans for Leelanau and Keith J. Charters Traverse City state parks. The plans will help set the course for future management planning.
General management plans are used to define long-range planning and management strategies that protect resources, while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities.
"Public input is a critical component of the planning process, and one of several opportunities for the public and stakeholders to get involved," said Debbie Jensen, DNR park management plan administrator. "The DNR will also host a public open house in the spring or summer of 2020, which will provide an opportunity for review and comment of the draft general management plan that will be developed in response to this public input process."
|The 1,500-acre Leelanau State Park, located at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, is home to 2.25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a rustic campground, three mini cabins, 8.5 miles of hiking trails with scenic overlooks, winter recreation trails, land open to hunting, a new accessible playground, a picnic area and the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum. A majority of the park's southern portion includes critical dune habitat, habitat for the federally and state-threatened piping plover and a Natural Area Registry Site through an agreement with The Nature Conservancy.
Additional information on the DNR’s general management plan process is available at Michigan.gov/ParkManagementPlans.
For more information about the Leelanau and Traverse City State Parks surveys or the proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at 517-284-6105 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or via email at JensenD1@michigan.gov.