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US Senate Oks bill to protect Sleeping Bear Dunes

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EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says that northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore would enjoy greater protection under Senate-passed legislation designating 32,000 acres as wilderness.

The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the measure, which Levin and fellow Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow sponsored. The Democratic-led Senate approved a similar bill in December, but the Republican-led House failed to act on it.

Levin says the legislation preserves the Lake Michigan shoreline reserve "while providing important access to the lakeshore's recreational opportunities and cultural resources."

Levin has said that the action follows 13 years of work to update the 71,000-acre lakeshore's management plan. The park is headquartered in Empire. In the northwestern Lower Peninsula.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National

Lakeshore: http://www.nps.gov/slbe/index.htm

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