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Porcupine Mountains Expand Efforts to Keep Visitors Safe
August 5, 2021Featured, Local News, NewsComments Off on Porcupine Mountains Expand Efforts to Keep Visitors Safe1,944 Views
It is the largest section of wilderness in Michigan and home to many of the state’s favorite attractions. The Porcupine Mountains consists of 60,000 acres of old growth hardwood forests, the only such left in the state. Last year the park set record for attendance and this year has been no different. According to park manager Michael Knack this means that the search and rescue team who watch over the park must remain diligent in their efforts.
The park is trying to better prepare their visitors by offering courses designed around the essentials to having a fun and safe hike.
But the search and rescue team must remain vigilant to keep guests in the best health.
Because of the wilderness park’s distance from nearby medical care, time is always against the crew. The team’s primary goal in the case of a severe incident is to get the victim to more advance treatment with the “golden-hour”. The search and rescue team, with the addition of new trail markers, courses, and reliable equipment can better take on the task. But they will always remain on guard to react as quickly as possible.