Indiana Dunes Becomes the 61st National Park
Congratulations to Indiana Dunes, now the 61st national park with the National Park Service!
In August 2013, the superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore asked if NPT would acquire, hold title, and donate two parcels totaling 32.5 acres to the park. The acreage expands the park boundary to connect the visitor center, which was surrounded by private land, with the rest of the park.
The project was funded by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NISOURCE Energy as part of a $1.5 million EPA consent decree, with National Park Trust acting as its land mitigation partner.
The protection of this parcel prevents the land from being developed, and it will now be used for exhibits on restoration methods used throughout the lakeshore. NPT held title to the properties until the land was transferred to NPS for permanent ownership in 2016.
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