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Volunteers helping keep the Sleeping Bear Dunes clean during shutdown

Volunteers helping keep the Sleeping Bear Dunes clean during shutdown.

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Sleeping Bear Dunes is getting a little help with maintenance during the government shutdown.

While most of the parks service members are off the job, a nonprofit group called Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is helping out.

Volunteers are grooming the Heritage Trail for cross country skiers and snowshoers, maintaining the bathrooms and cleaning the dune climb.

"We are doing what we can to keep a relatively good experience with for the visitors here at sleeping bear dunes but it's all based on volunteers," said Kerry Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Friends of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Volunteers are getting some help from law enforcement working at the park and a few maintenance people as well.

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