By Terry Kovarik
Creating the Grand Traverse Islands National Park would not come at the expense of private landowners or industrial uses. The Friends of the Grand Traverse Islands, which extend from just off of Door County to Michigan’s Garden Peninsula, say the transition from undeveloped islands to a park would be easy. Friends organizer John Bacon says that because the park proposal would not have the same impact as efforts to create national parks out west.
Supporters of the Grand Traverse Islands National Park say their proposal is in the hands of the National Park Service awaiting further study. Funding for further research must first be approved by Congress.