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Help shape Sterling State Park planning at Sept. 21 virtual meeting or via interactive public input survey

Join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at a virtual public meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to learn about and share feedback on a new draft general management plan for Sterling State Park in Monroe County.

At the meeting, DNR staff will present an overview of the new draft general management plan, proposed park improvements and the planning process, followed by an opportunity for people to ask questions. Advance registration is required.

For those unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted online approximately one week after the event. An interactive public input survey also is available through Oct. 1 for people to provide feedback.

The DNR uses general management plans to define long-range planning and management strategies that protect the natural and cultural resources of state parks while addressing recreation and education needs and opportunities.

"Public input is a critical part of the planning process," said Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator with the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. "Earlier this year, more than 2,200 people completed an online public input survey, which provided important guidance when developing the first draft of the plan."

Sterling State Park, the only Michigan state park on Lake Erie, is located just a few miles from the Ohio border and approximately an hour from Detroit. The park is situated along 1 mile of sandy shoreline and is home to a modern campground, full-amenity cottages, a boating access site, trails and more. There are plenty of opportunities for shoreline and offshore fishing. The park's marshes are a biodiversity hot spot, hosting rare plants, including the state threatened American lotus and migratory and wintering waterfowl, and providing a nursery habitat for Lake Erie fish.

Project website, post-meeting survey

Links to the meeting registration and project website, including the draft plan, interactive public input survey, recorded video and other planning resources, are available at

For more about the Sept. 21 virtual meeting, public survey or proposed plan, contact Debbie Jensen at or 517-230-6837.

Note to editors: An accompanying photo of Sterling State Park is available below for download. Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, with recognition to Michigan state parks photo ambassador Karen Allmond.