Save the Dunes held its annual membership meeting on Sunday, an opportunity
for the organization’s more than 600 members to celebrate the past year’s
accomplishments, discuss priorities going forward, and to elect new board
Executive Director Nicole Barker cited, among the organization’s major
achievements, the acquisition of five parcels within the boundary of the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. That land will be donated to the park.
Other accomplishments: “ensuring that Independent environmental monitors are
part of state permits for Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline through our region,
completing a major water detention basin retrofit to benefit water quality
and aquatic habitat in Valparaiso, kicking off a multi-year watershed study
of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River, reviving a regional Septic
System Task Force, and restoring wetlands in Hobart and dune and swale
habitat in Gary.”
“This year has been truly exciting at Save the Dunes,” Barker said. “Our
staff and board remain deeply committed to protecting the Indiana dunes and
look forward to the year ahead.”
Save the Dunes also unveiled its new website at savedunes.org There members
can learn more about the organization’s work, have access to new media
telling its history, and get real-time information about key issues and how
members can get involved.
Three new board members: Dale Engquist, former Superintendent of the Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore; LeAaron Foley, midwest senior outreach coordinator
at the National Parks Conservation Association; and Scott Kosik, financial
analyst at Horizon Bank.
“We are really excited to welcome our new board members, who bring a wealth
of expertise and a strong passion for the Indiana Dunes,” Board President
Ryan Strode said.