A land donation to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that has been
planned for years has now been finalized, with the Save the Dunes
Conservation Fund donating three small lots along U.S. 12 near Beverly
Save the Dunes
President Deb Chubb said that the parcels, totaling about one acre, have
been in the National Lakeshore’s authorized boundaries, but that it has
taken years for the land donation to become finalized due to the various
She applauded a
bill authored by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky that would ease the process for
the National Lakeshroe to accept additional donations of land. The Dorothy
Buell Memorial Visitor Center Partnership Act, which passed the U.S. House
this week and now moves to the Senate, would allow the Lakeshore to accept
donations of parcels contiguous to the park if separated only by a right of
Chubb said the
Save the Dunes Council supports the bill, since it would speed up the
process and allow for more land to be added to the park.
The most recent
land donation consists of three undeveloped parcels along U.S. 12, which the
Save the Dunes Council hopes will be made into a federal scenic highway.
“We would like
to see Highway 12 become a scenic highway and one way to accomplish this is
to donate land to the National Lakeshore that will enhance the natural
beauty of the protected area,” Chubb said.
The Save the
Dunes Conservation Fund owns and manages more than 500 acres in Northwest
Indiana. The lots near Beverly Shores represent the second donation the Save
the Dunes has made to the National Lakeshore. The first was a parcel of just
over six acres in Lake County that was donated in 1998.
“We hope we can
protect and donate more land in the future as we work to protect the Indiana
Dunes for future generations,” Chubb said.