Land including dunes in western Michigan opening to public
Posted: 4:31 PM, Oct 12, 2018
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Lisa Maree Williams
MUNGO NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: The sun rises across the dunes of Lake Mungo in the Willandra region on November 17, 2017 in Australia. The ancestors of Australia's oldest human, the Mungo Man, and the traditional owners of the Willandra area in which his remains were found over 40 years ago, are on a journey to return the remains to country at Lake Mungo in southwestern New South Wales. The Mungo Man and 100 ancestors are being carried in an restored Aboriginal 'hearse' used in the 1970's and 80's and making long journey from the Australian National University in Canberra, to their final resting place with stops in Wagga Wagga, Hay and Balranald where traditional owners will hold ceremonies and pay respects. The decision to move the remains to the ANU in 1974 was unpopular with the Mutthi Mutthi, the Ngiyampaa and the Paakantyi people, the traditional owners and ancestors, who fought for 40 years until a decision was made in 2015 to repatriate the remains. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
FERRYSBURG, Mich. (AP) — A large swath of dunes and forest known as Ottawa Sands in western Michigan is opening to the public next week.
MLive.com reports visitors to the property bordering a section of the Grand River in the Ferrysburg area will have access starting Monday to four miles (6.4 kilometers) of marked trails and catch-and-release fishing. Ottawa County Parks and Recreation says more features and amenities are planned.
County Parks Director John Scholtz says it's "one of our more exciting land acquisitions" and has "a lot of elements." The property was the site of an inactive sand mining operation. Included within the property is designated critical dune areas, Grand River frontage and a manmade lake.
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