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NPS to hold public meeting in Michigan City on May 5 on dunes damage

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The Dunes of Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are iconic images of the region and protecting these dunes is a primary purpose of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to implement new efforts to reduce damage to the Dunes caused by overuse and will hold an informational meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Michigan City city hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City.

An initial focus of the effort will be portions of Mt. Baldy.

Studies show that vegetation that should be a normal part of the dune is being trampled, causing plants to die and accelerating the erosion of the dune. Similar effects are occurring on other park dunes.

At the May 5 meeting, NPS employees will describe the impacts on the Dunes and describe the options for reducing the damage. Public suggestions and opinions will be a valuable part of any actions and the public is encouraged to attend the meeting and offer their ideas. Actions will be taken this summer and will involve altering trails and use to allow for vegetation to grow.




Posted 4/28/2011




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