GEOHERITAGE - A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF EARTH SCIENCE
Our efforts at promoting geoheritage in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale are rooted in an inclusive grassroots outreach strategy focused on education and interpretative programs of the local geology and cultural history. A long term aspiration is a Global Geopark designation for the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale.Geoparks are places with exemplary geology in tandem with a rich cultural story resultant of the landscape, and are operated as a grassroots partnership between local people and land managers. There are currently 111 Geoparks world-wide, none of which are located within the United States. Through our efforts we have connected with a growing community of colleagues, both nationally and internationally, who are working toward the advancement of geoheritage and geoconservation in the United States. This paper explores where the US currently fits into the global arena and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the evolving technical language that surrounds such concepts.