Tourism industry professionals in Michigan were asked to “identify key issues facing and threats to the integrity of Michigan’s tourism resources.” Since Michigan is a Great Lakes state, the results are not surprising: Invasive species rank as the top threat.
The tourism folks know what they’re talking about, not only for Michigan, but for much of the rest of the country as well.
As a matter of fact, I think that they correctly have identified the top four for many of the states, and they have appropriately placed climate change and increasing the number of wind farms where they belong--- at or near the bottom.
Sadly, a good number of them have bought into the environmental left’s hatred of fracking, when no evidence supports the notion that it poses a threat to our lands and waters. In fact the former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, said unequivocally that her agency has found no evidence of contamination.
- Spread of invasive species (aquatic & terrestrial) – 65.2 percent
- Lack of/limited funding for resource protection/maintenance – 59.5 percent
- Declining water quality of our lakes, rivers and streams – 42.7 percent
- Declining water levels of our lakes, rivers and streams – 41.3 percent
- Diversion of water from the Great Lakes – 39.3 percent
- Reduction in historic preservation tax credits – 28.9 percent
- Closure of Department of History, Arts and Libraries – 25.1 percent
- Fracking – 24.5 percent
- Need for better/faster adoption of technology at tourism sites – 20.8 percent
- Under-appreciation of Native American history and culture – 20.0 percent
- Climate change – 16.8 percent
- Spread of infectious diseases – 8.5 percent
- Increasing number of wind farms – 7.7 percent