U.S. Sens. Todd
Young, R-Ind., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st,
have reintroduced legislation in the 116th Congress that would designate the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as a national park.
Young and Visclosky
introduced identical legislation in the last Congress.
“We need to tout
Indiana’s rich history and our natural assets to make our state even more
attractive to visitors and potential residents,” Young said. “I’m going to
keep working with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to
identify a path forward for this designation.”
“With its beautiful
shoreline and scenic trails, Indiana Dunes is a state treasure that deserves
the recognition of a national park,” Braun said.
“With the help of
the National Park Service, Indiana Dunes will be a great destination for
Hoosiers and tourists alike to cherish our state’s natural beauty.”
“I thank Senator
Young and Senator Braun for supporting companion legislation in the U.S.
Senate, and I also thank my Indiana House colleagues and all the Northwest
Indiana community leaders and officials for their commitment to this
initiative that will recognize the environmental wonder of our lakeshore and
further grow our regional economy,” Visclosky said.
would retitle the “Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore” as the “Indiana Dunes
would create the first national park in Indiana and the 61st national park
in the U.S., “which would give greater recognition to the natural beauty of
the dunes and potentially draw more visitors and boost the local economy,”
according to a joint statement released today.