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Coastal Resiliency Guidebook and Data

Guidebook - Planning for Coastal Resiliency in Northwest Michigan's Dunes 

PLANNING FOR COASTAL RESILIENCY IN NORTHWEST MICHIGAN'S DUNEs GUIDEBOOKWhen planning for and implementing coastal resiliency measures, land use policy is among the most powerful tools available to local units of government. Planning for Coastal Resiliency in Northwest Michigan's Dunes highlights local policy impacts on coastal resiliency, and identifies planning and zoning techniques and relevent case studies that local government can consider when working to protect coastal lands while continuing to allow for their use and development. In recognition of the unique hazards found in dune areas, the guidebook focuses on dunes and other high-risk erosion areas. 

Planning for Coastal Resiliency in Northwest Michigan's Dunes (PDF)



Dunes Data and Mapping Resources

The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) has developed new coastal dunes data to support coastal resiliency planning in Northwest Michigan. Information on the type of dune, acreage, and ownership (private or public) is available online through the ArcGIS online web map application here.

MNFI has also created an online Story Map that explains this new data
resource as well as provides information on the specific dune types. The story map is available here.


WEBINAR - Planning for Coastal Resiliency in Northwest Michigan's Dunes (02/28/2017)


  • Sarah Lucas, Networks Northwest
  • John Paskus, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Webinar slide presentation - 2/28/2017  (PDF)

Webinar Recording (click video link below):


These resources were developed by Networks Northwest, in partnership with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, with financial assistance from the Michigan Coastal Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Networks Northwest. MI Natural Features Inventory. OGL. DEO. NORA.

Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission