The Life of the Sleeping Bear:
Views and Stories from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes
Full color throughout
Measures 8.5 x 8.5 inches
Over 125 photos and illustrations
High quality printing on 80# glossy paper stock
Foreword by Kerry Kelly
Past Chairman, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes
Afterword: Sleeping Bear Dunes in the Future by Scott Tucker
Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Life of the Sleeping Bear does not refer to the legend of the mother bear and her cubs, although that story is retold here. Rather it refers to the life of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area, its land and people, from prehistoric to modern times.
This life is recounted through Views and Stories from Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The Scenic Drive is one of the most popular attractions in the National Lakeshore, drawing more than a million visits each year. The 7.6 mile trip through the dunes exposes visitors to some spectacular views and to several types of dune habitat. Along the way, there are 11 Wayside Panels that describe the development of the land and its peoples. These open up windows to things not seen on the Drive but seen from it. In this book, the Wayside Panels are points of departure for discussions about glacial impacts on the landscape, the history of the native people, the importance of water transportation, the dangers of the Manitou Passage, economic development from lumbering to agriculture to tourism, the story of the Manitou Islands, how the landscape evolves through dune formation and ecological succession, and the present-day challenges of both endangered and invasive species.
After surveying the area’s past and present, the book closes with an Afterword on “The National Lakeshore in the Future”, written by Scott Tucker, Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
“The Life of the Sleeping Bear” has been produced by Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that supports the National Lakeshore. The book is largely the work of volunteers, and all the profits will go to support projects in Sleeping Bear Dunes.