Public News Service: Photographers Aim to Preserve Parts of Lake Michigan

CHICAGO – An art exhibit opening today in Chicago is focused on capturing the beauty of an ecologically sensitive area on Lake Michigan.

Brad Klein, senior attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said the center is showcasing the photos of three artists to help bring attention to a section of land near the Saugatuck Dunes in Michigan. A real-estate developer is considering some of that land for residential properties.

“If you allow this kind of development in such a critical area,” he said, “you really threaten to kind of kill the goose that laid the golden egg.”

Klein said the local economy in Saugatuck relies in part on the natural beauty of the dunes to draw in tourists, and that the real-estate development could put that at risk. The photos, featuring natural scenes of the dunes, will be on display at the Environmental Law and Policy Center in downtown Chicago.

Klein said the Great Lakes are a treasure for the area and all Midwesterners should feel a common pull to protect the areas around them.

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