Points North, Ep. 24: Consequences of Tourism

Aug 8, 2019

This week on Points North, the U.S. Forest Service tried to ban alcohol on three popular northern Michigan rivers, but they backed off after public outcry. Now they say they will ramp up enforcement and education to curb drunken behavior.

Plus, how the Nordhouse Dunes in the Huron-Manistee National Forests is dealing with summer tourism.

Despite enforcement and outrach, river boozing still a concern for some
Credit Taylor Wizner

After years of alcohol-fuelled floats, the U.S. Forest Service tried to ban booze on three popular northern Michigan rivers last February. But they backed off after a petition against the ban got over 40,000 signatures.

In its place, conservation officers have pledged to educate river users and ramp up law enforcement. But that effort is getting mixed results.

Hear how relaxing on Michigan's rivers is changing

Littering poses threat to Nordhouse Dunes ecosystem
Credit Bronte Cook / Interlochen Public Radio

The Nordhouse Dunes is part of the Huron-Manistee National Forests and has nearly 3,500 acres of dunes, woods and shoreline. It is one of the most popular sites in northern Michigan, but that popularity is causing some problems.

Hear how visitors may be harming the Dunes' ecosystem.

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