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Saving Arcadia : a story of conservation and community in the Great Lakes  Cover Image Book Book

Saving Arcadia : a story of conservation and community in the Great Lakes / Heather Shumaker.

Shumaker, Heather. (Author).


This is the story of a small band of determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from the grip of a powerful corporation in the Arcadia Dunes. This is a narrative with roots as deep as the trees the community is trying to save, something set in motion before the author was even born. And yet, Shumaker gives a human face to the changing nature of land conservation in the twenty-first century. The result is a triumph of community that includes working farms, local businesses, summer visitors, year-round residents, and a network of land stewards. A work of creative nonfiction, Saving Arcadia is the adventurous tale of everyday people fighting to reclaim the land that has been in their family for generations. It explores ideas about nature and community, and anyone from scholars of ecology and conservation biology to readers of naturalist writing can gain from Arcadia's story.

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  • ISBN: 9780814342046
  • ISBN: 0814342043
  • Physical Description: xiii, 285 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Detroit, Michigan : Painted Turtle Books, an imprint of Wayne State University Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A Painted Turtle book."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-284).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : 1998 -- Part I. Beginnings : 1969-1989. Dry Hill -- Interlude -- Innkeepers -- Part II. Dune giants : 1991-2003. Trailblazing -- Dune dreams -- Talking to giants -- Dune diligence -- Beach walks and brick walls -- Waking the giant -- Dune flowers -- Part III. Coastal campaign : 2003-2005. Watervale and Crystal Downs -- Arcadia -- August -- Sand bag -- Lansing -- Heartbreak Hill -- Part IV. More beginnings : 2005-2009. Commencement -- Aftermath -- The church at Putney Corners -- Letting go -- Heart and soul -- Epilogue : 2015.
Subject: Arcadia Dunes.
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.
Sand dunes > Michigan.
Nature conservation > Great Lakes (North America) > Case studies.
Wildlife conservation > Great Lakes (North America) > Case studies.
Ecosystem management > Great Lakes (North America) > Case studies.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Kirtland Community College Library QH 76.5 .G7 S58 2017 30775305528649 General Collection Available -

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