In 2011 The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, located in our County, won the title of “Most Beautiful Place In America” in a poll by morning news show, ”Good Morning America”. Before this happening our county was a bit of a secret. I remember the week when that was announced our phones kept ringing. Lots of questions from people all over the country. Before that week we saw more activity every year, but this made a big difference. No more were we a Mid-West Secret, but known around the country. Following is an article that Dusty Shultz, The Lakeshore Superintendent gave to THE TICKER. It gives you an update as to what is currently happening with our precious place. I hope this update is interesting to you.
Dusty Shultz Talks Invasive Species, Fee Hike, Retirement
by Luke Haase
It's a busy time for Dusty Shultz. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore superintendent is working to hire seasonal staff and prepare the Park for the busy season, and it's also the National Parks Service centennial celebration. She took time out to talk park improvements, visitor fees, her potential retirement -- and still left time for a quick tour.
Ticker: Tell us about the park "by the numbers."
Shultz: We have 71,000 acres of land including 64,000 acres of shoreline, including beaches, campgrounds, dunes, rivers, lakes, and more and 366 historic structures. We have 45 permanent employees and an additional 70-100 seasonally. We have a $4.2 million budget plus additional funding from fee revenues.
Ticker: What's the story behind the admission fee hike that's pending
Shultz: There had been a moratorium on fee increases since 2008, so the National Parks Service has been looking at a new fee structure and had put parks in different groups based on size, amenities, etc. We were in a group that had a proposed increase in the annual pass from $20 to $40, and the weekly pass from $10 to $20. I just personally felt doubling it was way too much way too soon, so we requested an exception. We had some public comment on the issue, and we proposed instead to raise the annual pass to $30 and the weekly to $15. Those are slated for January 1, 2016. It's still an amazing deal.
Ticker: Where do the fees go
Shultz: Eighty percent of the fee revenue comes back to the park for visitor experience projects.
Ticker: Is there a "wish list" of sorts Items you'd like to see done around the Park
Shultz: Oh, sure. The South Manitou [Island] lighthouse keepers' quarters. The tower is in great shape, but the quarters need a lot of work. It hasn't been accessible to the public for years. Another big item is building pathways between the farms for Port Oneida so you don't have to drive between them. We have a list we work on. The management team looks at all the possible projects and we prioritize.
Ticker: What about operationally How has your budget changed in recent years
Shultz: Our budget has been steady, but fixed costs are always going up, so we've had to tighten our belts, which is not a bad thing. That could mean fewer seasonal interpreters, sometimes less law enforcement or natural resource staff, less mowing or cleaning around the park. Fortunately we've been very successful in competing for project funds. Recently we secured dollars for new some new roofs and new this year, the Federal Highway Administration will repave every paved surface in the park.
What's the primary environmental threat to the park
Shultz: Two years ago I would have said aquatic invasives were. But now Probably the forest insects and diseases....the emerald ash borer, the oak wilt, and others. I'll bet we lost close to 100 ash trees in the past year.
Ticker: What about wildlife in the Park What are you seeing
Shultz: The thing we've really been noticing in recent years is the return of black bears. They were quite rare for a while but we're seeing a lot more of them now.
Ticker: What about your future here Is retirement on the horizon
Shultz: I will retire within a year, yes. I've been in this position for thirteen years and with the Parks Service for 40. It will be time.
Ticker: How often do you get out and about in the Park
Shultz: Not often enough. I'm in the office most of the days. There's lots of bureaucracy, and I'm usually reviewing projects, handling employee concerns, working on the budget. But let me grab my hat and we'll head out for a tour. I was hoping this might be a chance to get out!
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PART OF TRAVERSE CITY
UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES: NORTHPORT POINT, GLEN HAVEN, PESHAWBESTOWN, BURDICKVILLE
WHOLE ROASTED FISH WITH OREGANO, PARSLEY AND LEMON
This is an easy fish recipe and my husband and I thought it was great!
You can do whole walleye, trout and whitefish. Serves 4 Time to get ready 15 minutes…total time 55 minutes
(2) 2 pound, (I USED 1 FOUR POUND WHITEFISH) whole fish gutted and scaled head on or off up.
Lemon slices, peeled smashed garlic cloves, peeled ginger slices, fresh oregano sprigs and fresh parsley ( I used cilantro) Use these as stuffing.
Olive oil to moisturize exterior of fish
1. Fill a large bowl about halfway with room temperature water and add enough salt to taste, stirring to dissolve the salt. Add fish and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain fish and pat dry inside and outside.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position rack in center of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease the fish with olive oil and season fish inside and out with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff belly cavities with lemon slices, garlic cloves, fresh ginger slices and herb sprigs.
3. Roast fish until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part and registers 135 degrees, about 20 to 25 mnutes depending on the dimensions of the fish: alternatively, roast until fins come right off when pulled and flesh can be felt to flake under the skin when you press on it. Let rest 5 minutes…I cover it with a dish towel during resting period. Take herb mixture out of belly.
4. Gently remove fillets from bone cage, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER-
A stunning documentary about a longtime nanny who died in 2009 and who left behind 1000’s of photo negatives that she produced over many years. An incredible talent
that was never revealed until a young man bought a sealed storage bin at an auction and found this treasure trove which now has been displayed all over the world. 4 out of 5 stars
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A passionate romance with a roguish lawyer serves as an inspiration
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THE RAILWAY MAN-
Decades after World War II a still depressed soldier unexpectedly
falls in love and brings his past back into focus. I originally saw this at the TCFF and liked it. 3.5 out of 5 stars
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD-
This is an English period drama. It tells the story of a winsome, but strong woman who had the hearts of three men. A sheep farmer, a dashing soldier and a rich older man. This was really entertaining. I loved it. 4 out of 5 stars
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<a href="http://www.thebaytheatre.com/">BAY THEATRE in Suttons Bay:</a>
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<a href="http://www.leelanau.cc/farmersmarket.asp">Leelanau Farmers Market 2015 </a>
The Leelanau Farmers Markets is a non-profit organization started up with the initiation of the Leelanau Agricultural Alliance & MSU Extension with the goal of improving the marketing of local farm products and preserving county farmland. The Ag Alliance proposed the idea of starting up Farmer’s Markets in the area in 2000, and with the help of MSU Extension, developed a Board of Directors to oversee the planning and operation of the markets. All products and produce sold at our markets are made or grown within 60 miles of the farmers market!! Buy Fresh, Buy Local!!
Our mission is:
"to provide locally produced farm and food products for the benefit of the Leelanau Community."
2015 Season - all markets open 9am - 1pm
Saturdays, May 9 – Oct 24
at North Park, intersection of M-22 & M-204
(601 Front Street)
Saturdays, June 20 – Sept 12
Next to the Post Office
(10234 W Front St)
Sundays, June 21 – Sept 6
Corner of M-204 & Lake Leelanau Drive
(112 W Philip Street)
Tuesdays, June 16 – Sept 8
Behind the Township Office
(6394 W Western Ave )
Thursdays, June 18 – Sept 3
Leland School parking lot
(200 N Grand Ave)
Fridays, June 5 – Sept 11
at the marina
(105 Bay St)
This is a great opportunity for you to get local produce and meet the farmers who grow it! Know where your food comes from!
<a href="http://www.traversecity.com/">Click Here to access the Traverse City Official Website</a>
<a href="http://www.cityoperahouse.org/">Click here to access the City Opera House 106 E. Front Street Traverse City .Phone 231-941-8082</a>
<a href="http://www.interlochen.org/">Click Here to access Interlochen Center For the Art Official Website</a>
There are so many wonderful properties for you to buy in Leelanau County. You are never more than 5 miles from a body of water to look at and take a swim or a trip on your boat. Please call me or text me at 231-218-7653 from 8 am to 9pm. Of course, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to assisting you with your goals and dreams.