So that new generations can come along and experience feelings like this at Lake Michigan's Nordhouse Dunes:
That’s all well and good, but the truly remarkable thing about Nordhouse is the over 7,000 feet of nearly pristine Lake Michigan shoreline and the dunes which run, undisturbed, beside it. You get a sense, as you enjoy a sunset or a mid-day hike, what it must have felt like to see the Lake Michigan shoreline 200 years ago, before beach houses were erected, before beaches were widened and inundated with beach-goers, even before pathways to the beach were established.
You get a slight glimpse what it must have been like to step off a boat, bound for who-knows-where, and make the first human foot impression in the seemingly never-ending sand. That is surely one of the reasons to keep and maintain such places: So that we may know what life was like in the place of our birth before we were even born. I, for one, was filled with that sense many times during my visit to Nordhouse, and thanked my lucky stars I could experience it before it was all once again swept away.