Indiana Dunes: National Park, Regional Treasure

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

University students join NPCA at INDU to help restore wetlands

On June 12th, NPCA led a workshop for students from universities in IL, IN, and WI at INDU to learn about the intersection of advocacy, policymaking, and resource management at Great Lakes national parks. After a morning of hearing from U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, INDU Superintendent Costa Dillon, and NPCA Midwest Region staff, the group assisted NPS staff with the installation of over 3,000 native plants in a wetlands area of the park that is undergoing extensive restoration due to an infestation of invasive cattails. Once fully restored, the Cowles Bog Wetlands Complex Restoration Project will result in improved water quality and hydrologic function as well as native habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife that have been absent because of the degraded condition of the bog.

Read the Report

After more than two years of research and listening to people who love Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, NPCA, The Field Museum of Chicago, and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands is pleased to make The Future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore available to all (PDF/4.6 MB).

Our recommendations are available for download separate from the report.

We read through and analyzed nearly 50 plans and heard from nearly 500 people about the challenges and opportunities at the National Lakeshore.

In this report we present thoughtful, informed ideas for the future of this great national park, with a goal of sparking action and cooperation to strengthen and safeguard it.

Many plans have been developed for Indiana Dunes, but few have led to action. We hope that fresh eyes and an independent outlook can help stimulate new discussion and action.

If you have questions about the report, please contact Lynn McClure or 312-263-0111.

Download the Full Report > (PDF/4.6 MB)

View a map (this link takes you to the NPS website)

Faces of Indiana Dunes

NPCA highlights the “Faces of Indiana Dunes,” featuring comments, photos and videos from people who care about the park. Read what other visitors have to say and add your voice (or face!) to those who care about the our national parks.
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Project Sponsors

This strategic plan is sponsored by The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, ArcelorMittal and a dedicated group of National Parks Conservation Association members.


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