Call for Entries!

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Michigan Wilderness Act, historic legislation that protected 90,000 acres of old growth forest and pristine lakes and dunes we all enjoy today. The Michigan Chapter, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, has played a significant role in protecting many special places in Michigan since 1967.

Tell us in 500 words or less about your experience in a protected area such as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Grand Island, or Pictured Rocks. Stories will be judged on their effectiveness in communicating the special qualities of the place and how those qualities affect the visitor. The winning submission will appear in the next Mackinac.

Deadline: August 15

Email submissions to with subject line of “Essay Contest,” and please include your name and contact info in the body of the email. The winner will be chosen by Milton J. Bates, author of books and articles on American literature and history. His new book, The Bark River Chronicles: Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed, comes out this fall.

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