WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- Congressman Fred Upton says that a recent vote by Congress to preserve Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a win for Michigan. Upton said that the bill sailed through both chambers of Congress with broad bipartisan support last week, and was passed in the House on a simple voice vote. Under the legislation, 32 thousand acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes will be protected, he says forever, as a wilderness area.
"It was bipartisan," Upton told WKZO. "I commend Senator Carl Levin, who certainly got it through the senate, and Congressman Dan Benishek on our side. He's actually the congressman who represents that area. It's been languishing for a number of years to try to get this thing through, and it's my understanding that the president, if he didn't sign it over the weekend, will sign it in the next day or two."
The land along the Lake Michigan stretches across Leelanau and Benzie Counties. In 2011, it was named the "Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America.