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New National Park Idea Resurfaces


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Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Rock Island, Wisconsin.
Photo by: Mark Lee

It seems that the idea of a new National Lakeshore has resurfaced for the Grand Traverse Islands which lie in the northern reaches of the Great Lakes, bridging the gap between Door County, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Garden Peninsula. 

In a recent talk at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, John Bacon, chairman of the Friends of Grand Traverse Islands, said that they are not only home to five 19th century lighthouses and a U.S. Life Saving Service Station, but they provide critical habitat for many rare plants and animals and comprise the most striking example of the Niagara Escarpment in the United States.

The idea to create a new national park for the Grand Traverse Islands originally started in 1970 but those efforts lost momentum. But the idea is again being brought to the forefront. Bacon says that the need is there now more so than ever before.

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