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The Erie Hiker
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:19 PM »

LED’s Light Blissfield’s River Raisin Footbridge
12 July 2009, 10:47 am



Ellis Park in Blissfield is one of the most beautiful parks found along the River Raisin’s long and twisted course.  It boasts large mature trees that stand guard at the water’s edge.  The river is often calm at Ellis, creating delightful photographic opportunities.  And a large footbridge adds just a slight bit of adventure for picnicking families.

Now, energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the bridge for nighttime viewing.  Read more at the Adrian Daily Telegram:

http://www.lenconnect.com/homepage/x631623760/New-green-lights-installed-on-bridge



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Flint Native American Cemetery Now Greenspace
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 02:00:20 PM »

Flint Native American Cemetery Now Greenspace
12 July 2009, 2:00 pm

Construction of new homes at a site in Flint was stopped last year after roughly 20 sets of Native American remains were found on the already-developed site.  WJRT TV in Flint now reports that the site will become protected greenspace.  This is good.  We are only now just beginning to come to terms with the true history of our region.  Link:

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=6907191&rss=rss-wjrt-article-6907191



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Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool Death Aftermath: Downriver News Herald
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Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool Death Aftermath: Downriver News Herald
12 July 2009, 2:35 pm

I don’t, generally, post links to stories about deaths in local parks and natural spaces.  These deaths happen with surprising frequency.  And this summer has been particularly bad for drownings and body recoveries.  But the subject matter is just a bit too macabre and off-topic for the purposes of this blog.

However, the recent death of a young woman at the Lake Erie Metropark wave pool is an exception.  The family of the deceased woman has hired the Fieger law firm to represent the girl’s interests in the investigation and, possibly, initiate legal proceedings.  This could help to illuminate news about Metroparks management.  And it could also, if there is an expensive trial and/or settlement, impact park services.  So, on those grounds, here is the Downriver News Herald link:

http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2009/07/12/news/doc4a58b0f213c31212100902.txt



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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Park Employee Inside Dish
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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Park Employee Inside Dish
12 July 2009, 2:44 pm

The Traverse City Record Eagle asked five employees at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for their favorite hikes and scenic spots within the Lake Michigan park.  Read it at the link below:

http://www.record-eagle.com/features/local_story_192203736.html



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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Port Oneida Historic District
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Sleeping Bear Dunes: Port Oneida Historic District
12 July 2009, 2:58 pm

Parks often have to balance natural habitat protection with historic preservation.  The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, near Empire, MI, is a prime example.  The park is the site of amazing living sand dunes and rare species like the piping plover.  But the park also has a long history of human habitation.  Many old homes, fishing settlements and farm communities are located within the park boundaries.

For years, many of these structures were allowed to rot and decay.  Natural resource protection was the primary goal.  And the use of eminent domain during park creation made protection of structures even more problematic.  But in recent years, historic structure preservation has become a park goal.

The Traverse City Record Eagle has a good story about volunteer efforts to protect Sleeping Bear’s Port Oneida Historic District.  Here’s the link:

http://www.record-eagle.com/local/local_story_192203551.html



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Beach Sand More Dangerous Than Sharks
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Beach Sand More Dangerous Than Sharks
12 July 2009, 3:05 pm

Joan Young at the Get Off the Couch News has an interesting post identifying beach sand as more dangerous than sharks.  Young notes that between 1990 and 2006, there have been 12 American deaths due to shark attack and 16 deaths due to sand hole collapses at beaches.  She also provides a link to a story that connects a variety of gastrointestinal illnesses to beach sand exposure.  Fecal matter is often the culprit.  It’s an interesting read.  Link:

http://getoffthecouchnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/sand-sharks-and-stomach-aches.html



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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009, 08:08:28 AM »

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Nukes are Carbon Cap-and-Trade Deal’s Only Hope
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Nukes are Carbon Cap-and-Trade Deal’s Only Hope
13 July 2009, 9:35 am

The proposed climate cap-and-trade bill in Congress was always going to be difficult to pass.  Republicans just don’t believe in it.  And the negative impact of the bill on industrial states shears off important Democratic votes in the Senate.  The bill did gain passage in the House, but on...

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Pic of the Day: Lake Tahoe from Squaw Valley
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Video: Ken Burns’ “The National Parks” Extended Preview
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Video: Ken Burns’ “The National Parks” Extended Preview
14 July 2009, 2:46 am

 

There are few things that I love more than our national parks.  So, I just can’t wait until Ann Arbor filmmaker Ken Burns releases his miniseries about the National Park System this September 27th.  It will be fantastic.



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Granholm Announces Destruction of State Historical Museum/Library
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Granholm Announces Destruction of State Historical Museum/Library
14 July 2009, 3:33 am

Governor Jennifer Granholm announced the destruction of the State Historical Museum and Library yesterday.  Read the Detroit News link below:

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090713/POLITICS02/907130414/1409/METRO



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NW OH’s Swan Creek Watershed “Much Improved”: Ch. 11
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NW OH’s Swan Creek Watershed “Much Improved”: Ch. 11
14 July 2009, 3:44 am

 

WTOL TV in Toledo has a good report about improvements in NW Ohio’s Swan Creek watershed.



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Missinaibi River Live Blog: LOAPC
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Missinaibi River Live Blog: LOAPC
14 July 2009, 10:29 pm



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Several weeks ago, the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, told his friends and associates that he would be hiking the Appalachian Trail and out of contact for the week.  Of course, we all know that Governor Sanford was off to Argentina to visit his mistress.  And the id...

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Detroit River Ferry Service?
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2009, 04:00:07 PM »

Detroit River Ferry Service?
14 July 2009, 11:42 pm

The Detroit Free Press reports that a portion of the federal stimulus package will fund a new ferry terminal in Detroit.  The terminal will assist cruise ships that dock in Detroit, but also open the possibility of ferry service between the City of Detroit and other Detroit River or Lake Erie commu...

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Kayaking Port Huron’s Black River: Times-Herald Letter
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Kayaking Port Huron’s Black River: Times-Herald Letter
14 July 2009, 11:57 pm

All across Michigan, communities are rediscovering the natural environments that, in many cases, are the reasons for their existence.  Port Huron, of course, exists because it is the meeting-place of several major bodies of water.  Lake Huron, the St. Clair River and the Black River all have helpe...

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