Park, tribe to receive EPA conservation grants

By John Flesher

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 6 2011 4:05 p.m. MDT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — A national park in northern Michigan and five American Indian tribes will receive $1.77 million for projects designed to improve the Great Lakes environment and put unemployed people to work.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the grants Thursday at a news conference in the northern Michigan village of Grand Haven.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will get $891,225 to fight the spread of invasive plants, protect an endangered shorebird called the piping plover and restore woodlands damaged by the tree-killing emerald ash border.

The tribes are dividing $876,810 for restoring Great Lakes tributaries and other conservation tasks. They are based in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will hire five people to improve streams that feed Grand Traverse Bay.

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