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FYRES student measuring distances between erosion pins

Effects of Management Techniques on Castle Park Dune

Mentored by: Tyler Bleeker
Team: Cassandra Miceli, Josh Nieuwsma, Eleighna Prather

Report Abstract: Castle Park Dune, located south of Holland, Michigan, contains a large parabolic blowout. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan has implemented  several management techniques to minimize the amount of sand movement on the dune. This study aims to identify the effectiveness of these techniques by monitoring changes in sand accumulation and movement using erosion pins and sand traps. Our results show the sand fences are preventing sand transport but they are having a limited effect.  The information in this study will be used by the Land Conservancy to determine future management on the dune. Poster (pdf)

Conference Presentation: Bleeker, Tyler, Cassandra Miceli, Josh Nieuwsma, Eleighna Prather (2013). "Efficacy of sand fences in stabilizing a steep active dune blowout." North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America (Kalamazoo, MI), 2-3 May 2013. Abstract (pdf)