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Points North, Ep. 24: Consequences of Tourism

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A line of parked cars fills up the street at Nordhouse Dunes.

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

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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

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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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Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.