Coffee & Conversation: Sustainable Ecotourism in Munising

July 19, 2016 5:30 pm @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Munising School Public Library

Scott Jordan, Professor in the Outdoor Recreation Program at Northern Michigan University and David Kronk, aka “Ranger Dave,” retired Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Educator and part time instructor at NMU, would like to meet with Munising business owners, entrepreneurs and community members interested n Munising’s future.
The intent of this meeting is to explore the “Sense of Place” of Munising or the unique qualities of Munising that make Munising the town it is and how these qualities might be preserved? We will also examine possible steps to help Munising make the transition to a more “sustainable” tourism economy as tourism increases.
1. How can we balance protection of the natural features of the area with growth of a sustainable local economy?
2. As Munising’s economy grows, how can we protect the quality of the life in Munising and provide living wage employment so locals can afford to continue living here with their families and ensure that the town will remain “a town recognizable as the Munising we know and love”?
3. Given that fossil fuels are an important factor in a world-wide climate change crisis costing economies billions of dollars, disrupting people’s lives and promising to leave a very uncertain future for our children and grandchildren, how can Munising transition away from the use of fossil fuels and invest more in energy conservation and alternative energy sources?

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