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This is my last column for The Times as I end my time at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and retire from the National Park Service.
The importance of thinking and acting regionally is critical to the future of Northwest Indiana and integral to the management of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The national park is spread across 32 miles of Northwest Indiana and includes portions of Porter, Lake and LaPorte counties and …
It has been said that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the region’s best kept secrets. Yes, the park gets 2 million visitors a year, but many people do not realize there is a national park here or that the places they love to visit are part of the national park.
Lake Michigan can be a wonderful place to swim and surf, but it can also be a dangerous place. The National Park Service reminds visitors to use care when swimming in the lake. We do our best to inform the public of what they need to do to protect themselves, but we cannot make the park free…
Diversity continues to be a topic of much discussion in Northwest Indiana. The National Park Service has a strong history of diversity and is encouraged by regional efforts to recognize that differences can be strengths. At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, diversity has multiple meanings.
It has been said that other than the U.S. Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration, the National Park Service is the federal agency most Americans are likely to contact face to face.
There's a national park in Gary? Yes, indeed. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes a significant portion of the city. Miller Woods, Marquette Trail and Inland Marsh are places of beauty and respite that many people might be surprised to find in Gary.
When citizens first proposed a national park along the south shore of Lake Michigan in 1916, they recognized this landscape of dunes and sandy beaches was a special place. Nearly 100 years later, the natural shoreline of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is in trouble, and the National Park S…
A few weeks ago, PBS broadcast Ken Burns' latest documentary: "The National Parks, America's Best Idea." This stunning 12-hour series highlighted the history of our national parks. There are only 391 parks in the national park system, and many communities try every year to get one. Northwest…
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