HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A group of northwestern Indiana residents is trying
again to stop the National Park Service from cutting down 3,400 trees in a
bog at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Members of the Coalition to Protect Cowles Bog Area filed a motion Monday in
federal court in Hammond seeking to prevent the trees from being cut down
until the coalition’s lawsuit is resolved.
The Times of Munster reports the coalition claims the National Park Service
and other defendants are accelerating their original tree-removal schedule
due to opposition to the plan. Park officials say reducing the tree count
and underbrush would make room for growth of desired native vegetation.
A federal judge
on Dec. 11 denied the plaintiffs’ first request for a temporary restraining
order because of “procedural flaws."