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Save the Dunes holds annual meeting and elects new board members

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Save the Dunes held its annual membership meeting on Sunday, an opportunity for the organization’s more than 600 members to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments, discuss priorities going forward, and to elect new board members.

Executive Director Nicole Barker cited, among the organization’s major achievements, the acquisition of five parcels within the boundary of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. That land will be donated to the park.

Other accomplishments: “ensuring that Independent environmental monitors are part of state permits for Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline through our region, completing a major water detention basin retrofit to benefit water quality and aquatic habitat in Valparaiso, kicking off a multi-year watershed study of the East Branch of the Little Calumet River, reviving a regional Septic System Task Force, and restoring wetlands in Hobart and dune and swale habitat in Gary.”

“This year has been truly exciting at Save the Dunes,” Barker said. “Our staff and board remain deeply committed to protecting the Indiana dunes and look forward to the year ahead.”

Save the Dunes also unveiled its new website at There members can learn more about the organization’s work, have access to new media telling its history, and get real-time information about key issues and how members can get involved.

Three new board members: Dale Engquist, former Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; LeAaron Foley, midwest senior outreach coordinator at the National Parks Conservation Association; and Scott Kosik, financial analyst at Horizon Bank.

“We are really excited to welcome our new board members, who bring a wealth of expertise and a strong passion for the Indiana Dunes,” Board President Ryan Strode said.



Posted 10/29/2013