Northern Michigan News: Donate for the Dunes! The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is only $200,000 away from the funding needed to begin construction on the next four-mile segment from the Dune Climb to Empire in 2013. To help us get there, the Traverse City Track Club has issued a $25,000 challenge match, with a bonus of $5000 if the goal is met before December 31st.

The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail was bustling with activity from nearly 3000 people each week since it opened in June. The most frequent question from trail users is, "When will there be more trail?" Imagine how many people will enjoy the various attractions within the National Lakeshore when there are eight miles of trail between Glen Arbor and Empire. Empire Village Council member Linda Payment shared, "The Council has been a supporter of the trail since its inception. What this trail brings to The Village is invaluable, especially as years pass. Many look forward to using the trail to enjoy our beautiful surroundings, and the wonderful legacy that we are leaving to our children, grandchildren and future generations. Use of this trail for cross country skiing in the winter will help infuse our local economy with additional business when it is most needed."    

With your support we can make it happen. Visit to donate today!

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