The Michigan Dune Alliance was formed by the Michigan DEQ Office of the Great Lakes in November of 1999 with the help of the Conservation Fund. The Dune Alliance was originally built as a coalition dedicated to the conservation of dunes and shoreline along Eastern Lake Michigan. Under this mission it focused on coordinating and building capacity of land conservancies throughout the region. Today, Dune Alliance partners are engaged in a landscape-scale, terrestrial invasive plant management project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain Our Great Lakes grants program and significant private and partner support. Active and advisory members include regional land conservancies, state and federal agencies, universities, and other non-profit conservation organizations.
The Michigan Dune Alliance covers the Lake Michigan shoreline of Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan, Van Buren and Berrien Counties. Areas of focus include dune systems, coastal wetlands and forests, and other near-shore areas directly influenced by Lake Michigan.
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Michigan Conservation Districts
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Michigan Invasive Species Coalition
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network
National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
The Stewardship Network - West Michigan Cluster
US Forest Service Manistee National Forest