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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is beginning the planning process to manage the cultural landscape within the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of the park. This historic district is representative of 19th and early 20th century farms in the Midwest. The 18 farms, 113 structures, and 3,400 acres constitute one of the largest intact agricultural districts in the National Park System.
It is important that the landscape of the district be managed in a way that preserves the agricultural landscape. Already the forest is encroaching upon the old farmland and if left alone would eventually engulf the area. Park staff and volunteers have been working to halt the loss of this historic agricultural view, but a plan is needed to set the scope of the work that will be done.
If you are interested in having your voice heard early in the planning process, check out this link to the official web site of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where you can learn more about the planning process and enter your comments online.
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