Each year, management of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore presents a list of requests for funding or volunteer projects to Park Partners. In 2011, we provided over $40,000 in grants for specific projects requested by the Lakeshore. This year, we are again responding to requests with a number of grants. The first one to be implemented was to improve the cell phone signal at Platte River Point. This is one of the busiest places in the National Lakeshore, but both radio and cell phone coverage is poor. A cell booster was installed in the parking area and provides a very good signal that will ensure that rangers, visitors, and the Lake Township attendant can make calls. This will improve emergency response capability and make it much more convenient for visitors. I stopped down at Platte River Point to check it out yesterday – great signal – and I found this visitor who just got done kayaking the river to make a call to test the system!