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Plan Could Make Ind. Dunes Newest National Park

Waves Break near driftwood at scenic Kemil Beach.

A U.S. House committee has advanced a plan to make Indiana’s Dunes National Lakeshore a national park.

According to the (Northwest Indiana) Times, the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the plan Wednesday. The full House will next vote on whether to send it to the Senate.

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is sponsor of the legislation, along with the eight other Republican and Democratic members of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation.

“I hope that the full House considers this important legislation as soon as possible so that we can quickly begin to harness this national recognition of the Indiana Dunes, and attract new visitors and economic activity to our region,” Visclosky said.

The Dunes initially was recommended to become a national park in 1916 due to its unique biological diversity and geological features.

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