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Visclosky still hopeful for Dunes National Park

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement after deadline on Thursday, in response to testimony by National Park Service Acting Director P. Daniel Smith, on the Department of Interior’s objection to re-designating Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a “National Park,” as proposed by a bill, H.R. 1488, authored by Visclosky.

“Concerns expressed by agencies in the executive branch are not an uncommon step in the legislative process,” Visclosky said. “I remain optimistic that H.R. 1488, which is cosponsored by every Indiana Member of Congress and unanimously approved by the House, will become law and our lakeshore will get the long overdue recognition it deserves and further drive economic activity in our region.”

Among other things, in his written testimony before the Senate Energy and National Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Smith stated that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is neither large enough nor diverse enough to be considered a national park; that it has more in common with the other three national lakeshores, Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks, and Sleeping Bear Dunes, as well as with national seashores and recreation areas, than it does with the typical national park; and that the “current designation is appropriate for the unit and in keeping with our efforts to provide consistency in the naming of park units.”

 

 

Posted 8/17/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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