Professor receives award to study Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitation
Robert Dvorak, Ph.D., received an award from the National Park Service and Michigan State University to collect data on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitation
Robert Dvorak, Ph.D., from the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration, received an award from the National Park Service and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Michigan State University. The award is a collaboration between Dvorak and Elizabeth Perry, Ph.D., at Michigan State University.
Dvorak’s study will examine visitor use and characteristics on the Platte and Crystal Rivers, and the North Manitou Island. Dvorak also wants to “investigate visitor use patterns that have emerged following federal wilderness designation, rapidly increasing annual visitation, and the COVID-19 pandemic.” Dvorak previously studied Sleeping Bear Dunes in 2012-2013, however, there are many more issues to uncover and reexplore now.
The study is expected to provide updated information on patterns, motivations, and preferences. The team will also explore potential planning effects such as river use, management, and wilderness character monitoring.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a 71,199-acre area in the National Parks system. The purpose of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is “to preserve outstanding natural features […] in their natural setting and protect them from developments and uses that would destroy the scenic beauty and natural character of the area.” The dunes also strive to inspire, educate, and entertain the public.
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