Loving our Dunes to Death? Balancing Enjoyment with Conservation

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017  6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

601 Main Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Free and Open to the Public  ~ Light Refreshments Provided

Sunsets and sandy feet, campfires and coastal climbs, star-filled skies above and waves sliding onshore far below. Savoring time amid our coastal dunes is the epitome of a Michigan summer well spent. Come hang out with one of the world’s leading coastal dune experts, meet researchers studying Michigan’s outdoor recreation economy, and learn about organizations working to understand, protect and help people get outdoors to enjoy Michigan’s amazing sand dunes.AGENDA

Welcome, Marcy Hamilton, Preserve The Dunes (5 min)

Introductions, Project Overview – Elaine Isely, West Michigan Environmental Council (15 min)

The Latest in Coastal Dune Science – Dr. Alan Arbogast, Michigan State University (30 min)

Measuring the Value of Coastal Sand Dunes – Dr. Robert Richardson, Michigan State University (30 min)

Discussion – Questions, Comments (30 min)

• “The Latest in Coastal Dune Science” –  As Chair of the Department of Geography at Michigan State, Dr. Alan Arbogast is one of the world’s leading expert on coastal sand dunes. Since coming to Michigan nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Arbogast has systematically improved –and disrupted – our understanding of the age of coastal sand dunes;  the timing and nature of their development and evolution. In addition to publishing widely on Michigan jdunes, he has served as an expert witness on several controversial dune development projects.

•   “Measuring and Mapping the Value of Coastal Sand Dunes.”  Dr. Robert Richardson is ecological economist at Michigan State University with over 15 years of experience in research and outreach related to sustainable development and natural resource management, including in the Western US and Maine. He has also conducted research in Central America, southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, and is in the midst of analyzing data from a four-month survey looking at the recreational and social value of coastal sand dunes in Michigan.

Hosted by Preserve The Dunes in partnership with Michigan Environmental Council,  West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Van Buren and Berrien Conservation Districts, Chikaming Open Lands, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, and Sarett Nature Center.

Financial assistance for this event provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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