Dune speaker series begins on Thursday
Published February 16th, 2005
The latest addition to the Ottawa County parks system,
500 acres of dunes south of P.J. Hoffmaster State Park,
will be the topic of the first session in the Lake Michigan
Federation's "All About Dunes 2005 Speaker Series."
John Scholtz, manager of the Ottawa County Parks Department,
will discuss the county's recent acquisition of dunes
in Spring Lake Township. Scholtz will discuss the property's
natural features, how the county raised funds to acquire
the land, and future plans for the site.
Scholtz's talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the
Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State
This is the third year the Lake Michigan Federation
has offered the dune series, which is an effort to inform
area residents about the dunes. The federation, a Chicago-based
environmental group, has an office in Grand Haven.
The Lake Michigan dunes are the largest assemblage of
freshwater dunes on the planet. Each session in the dune
series is free and open to the public; the state park
may charge an entrance fee and donations are accepted.
All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and are at the Gillette Sand
Dune Visitor Center.
Here is the schedule:
April 26: "The Elusive Pitcher Thistle." Tameka
Dandridge, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will
discuss this endangered plant, which is found only in
the Great Lakes dunes.
Sept. 22: "The Changing Face of the Lake Michigan
Dunes." Researchers Deanna van Dijk and Edward Hansen
will discuss their latest research findings into how wind
and other natural forces change dunes, including those
Nov. 1: A representative of the Kitchel Lindquist Dune
Preserve will discuss the 112-acre dune preserve in Ferrysburg.