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
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