Dunes National Park Effort Moves Forward

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The lakeshore includes 15 miles of shoreline. The lakeshore includes 15 miles of shoreline.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A bill that would designate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a national park is heading to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously approved the bill, which would create the first national park in Indiana.

If approved and signed into law, the bill would rename the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the Indiana Dunes National Park. The designation would mark the 60th national park in the United States.

"I thank Chairman Rob Bishop, Ranking Member Raul Grijalva, and all the members of the Natural Resources Committee, for their leadership to bring forward and advance this legislation," said Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-1), who introduced the bill. "I hope that the full House considers this important legislation as soon as possible so that we can quickly begin to harness this national recognition of the Indiana Dunes and attract new visitors and economic activity to our region."

Visclosky's office says the national park designation would give the Indiana Dunes greater recognition, drawing more visitors to the region and stimulating the local economy. 

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has introduced a bipartisan companion bill in the U.S. Senate. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), is currently being considered by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

You can find more information on the House bill by clicking here.

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