We are happy to announce that the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes received a 2012 Active Trails Grant from the National Park Foundation – the official charity of America’s national parks. The Active trails program promotes national parks as venues for community engagement and encourages healthy living through various forms of recreation and volunteer service on land and water trails.
The $18,000 grant is being used to purchase and install signs for the first segment of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT) and to develop a Trail Ambassador program for volunteers to patrol and maintain the trail. The Ambassador program has begun and you will soon see our Ambassadors on the trail with distinctive orange vests. Please stop and thank them for their service in keeping the trail safe and clean. The interpretive and way-finding signs for the first segment of the trail have been ordered and will be installed this fall. Safety and STOP signs were installed before the trail opened on June 20.
As part of the grant, usage surveys and counts will be conducted to provide a baseline of trail use. Surveys will be done in all seasons each year to monitor trends in use. You will also see a new logo for the trail on signs and stickers this summer. It is a cool, fun visual of the trail into the Sleeping Bear.
We would like to thank the Coca Cola Foundation for supporting the National Parks Foundation Active Trails Program and making this grant possible.