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January 26, 2016



Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes nonprofit gets “struck” with a storm book donation



TRAVERSE CITY—The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes recently received $4,226 from the Traverse City-based group that published Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan.”

Mission Point Press delivered on its pledge to donate $1 of every book sold to the Friends group, whose volunteers worked hundreds of hours to restore the national park’s first-class hiking and biking trails hit by an Aug. 2, 2015, storm.

“We were glad to help out in a small way,” said MPP Business Manager Doug Weaver. “The volunteer effort to restore these trails was monumental and I, along with everyone else who lives here, couldn’t believe how rapidly the roads and trails were cleared.”

Mission Point Press published Storm Struck 56 days after the fierce storm struck the Lake Michigan shoreline, snapping and uprooting thousands of trees in Glen Arbor and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The storm continued its violent sweep across parts of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties—even up to Mackinaw.

 “The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is extremely grateful to Mission Point Press and all of the generosity from the community, visitors and volunteers to address this natural northern hardwood forest phenomena,” said Leonard Marszalek, manager of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.  “Although the storm had destructive attributes, we have all witnessed the natural processes at work in our lifetime.”

David Geisler, membership director of the Friends group, said Storm Struck captured “a very memorable moment of so many people's lives and was put together by the very people impacted. … The Friends of the Sleeping Bear are so grateful for the creative thinking of Mission Point Press to give back to the community impacted by this devastating storm by donating a portion of their book sales to our nonprofit organization.”

Some 75 citizen-photographers contributed to the book, which included about a dozen photos contributed by The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

 By the end of 2015, the publishing group had sold 4,226 copies of the crowd-sourced book and sales remain strong, Weaver said.

 Storm Struck was written by Bob Campbell, a former Detroit Free Press editor, and designed by Heather Shaw of Mission Point Press. Bob Butz served as caption editor. Storm Struck is available at area bookstores and online at amazon.com or missionpointpress.com.

In related news, Friends and National Lakeshore officials have agreed that the story about this storm must be told and are preparing a couple interpretive wayside panels that will document the storm, the impacts, and the environmental strategy within the Lakeshore, Marszalek said.

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail continues to grow as an important attribute to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The trail will be extended this spring from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road [CR669], opening the eastern areas of Port Oneida and the beginning of the Good Harbor area for people to discover and enjoy.  From north of Empire to Good Harbor, the trail will embrace many diverse ecological areas along the 20-mile route, Marszalek added.


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