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To the Beaver Island community,

It is with profound sadness that we learned of the recent airplane accident on Beaver Island. Experiencing a sudden loss of life is always devasting, though as fellow Great Lakes islanders, we appreciate how it must be extra hard for your close-knit island community and all others who are affected. We recognize that the ferry and air transportation links are critical, but sometimes fragile, links to our way of life.Though we come from different islands, today we stand with you “as islanders” in support and sorrow through this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Steering Committee,Great Lakes Islands Alliance On behalf of GLIA Members and Partner Organizations from:

Bois Blanc Island, Michigan

Drummond Island, Michigan

Harsens Island, Michigan

Kelleys Island, Ohio

Les Cheneaux Islands, Michigan

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Madeline Island, Wisconsin

Manitoulin Island, Ontario

Middle Bass Island, Ohio

Neebish Island, Michigan

Pelee Island, Ontario

South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay), Ohio

St. Joseph Island, Ontario

Sugar Island, Michigan

Washington Island, Wisconsin

Wolfe/Howe Islands, Ontario

The Island Institute

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The Stewardship Network