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Dune Acres residents continue push to save trees at Cowles Bog

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HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A group of northwestern Indiana residents is trying again to stop the National Park Service from cutting down 3,400 trees in a bog at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Members of the Coalition to Protect Cowles Bog Area filed a motion Monday in federal court in Hammond seeking to prevent the trees from being cut down until the coalition’s lawsuit is resolved.

The Times of Munster reports the coalition claims the National Park Service and other defendants are accelerating their original tree-removal schedule due to opposition to the plan. Park officials say reducing the tree count and underbrush would make room for growth of desired native vegetation.

A federal judge on Dec. 11 denied the plaintiffs’ first request for a temporary restraining order because of “procedural flaws."


Posted 1/2/2013