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Sand Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes Lake Shore - Photo Credit Lucky Lugan
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Sand Dunes

The most fragile areas of Michigan's dunes can be protected while balancing the benefits of economic development, multiple human uses and benefits of public access and enjoyment.  Michigan's critical dune program protects the dune resource using alternative construction techniques to reduce the impacts of development on dunes and protects dune vegetation essential to dune preservation and stability. Earthmoving, vegetation removal, and construction activities within a critical dune area are regulated through a permit program.

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For information on specific sites contact:

District Permit Staff

For program questions contact:

Kate Lederle