Protecting and Expanding Flower Creek Dunes
Almost sixty years ago, the National Park Service conducted a survey and published a report that identified spots along the Lake Michigan coastline as areas important for conservation. Flower Creek Dunes was one of those areas and was listed alongside places like Sleeping Bear Dunes and Arcadia Dunes.
In 2012, the Land Conservancy took the first step in protecting these special dunes by creating the 14-acre Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve. Today, the John J. Helstrom Dune Ridge Trail guides visitors up the steep dune to an impressive overlook of Lake Michigan.
Recently, an incredible opportunity arose to expand the preserve, more than doubling its size, by acquiring the adjacent property along Flower Creek. The addition would add over 900 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and another 17 acres of dunes that support the federally threatened Pitcher’s thistle as well as the endangered Piping Plover along their migration route.
This project is made possible with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the J.A. Woollam Foundation, the estate of Elizabeth C. Getz, and a grant from the James Hanna and Mary H. Murphy Land Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.