CRITICAL DUNES AND VEGETATION REMOVAL ASSURANCE
Michigan's west coast is home to some of the largest fresh water sand dune areas in the world. This unique ecosystem serves as critical habitat to many species unique to the Great Lakes area.
In order to protect and preserve this unique ecosystem, the Benzie Conservation District partners with the MDEQ to help implement the State of Michigan's Critical Dunes Protection laws. Before a permit is issued by MDEQ for any construction or improvements to property in the Critical Dune Area, a written Vegetative Removal Assurance (VRA) must be issued, either by the local Conservation District in that area or another qualified provider. If you are planning any new construction, remodeling, or other improvement to your property in the Critical Dune area, you can get an application for a VRA at your local Conservation District.
Do you live in a Critical Dune Area? Check out the DEQ's Atlas of critical dunes by township
Vegetative Removal Assurance form
Get out and discover Benzie County's dunes!
Nature Conservancy's Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Coastal Preserves