Study Finds Great Lakes National Parks Neglected

Neglect can be added to the list of problems plaguing the Great Lakes region. Nearsighted federal policy that has steered dollars away from one of our nation’s greatest resources has left crumbling lighthouses, empty trout nets and retreating dunes in the wake, according to a recent study by a national park advocacy group.

Environmental problems, such as air pollution and invasive species in the Great Lakes are have an equally dangerous effect on six national parks studied by the National Parks Conservation Association. For example, 20 percent of the fish the researchers sampled exceeded Michigan’s mercury consumption advisory level. This is in addition to the lack of funds to preserve historical landmarks. The report focused on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

In 2000, the national parks conservation association began assessing the condition of U.S. parks in an effort to see how well the National Park Service is protecting the parks. They hope to positively impact the nation’s parks policies.

Click here to view: State of the Parks: National Parks of the Great Lakes: A Resource Assessment of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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