The Indiana Dunes are one step closer to becoming a National Park.
According to WNDU, a U.S. House committee has advanced H.R. 1488, the Indiana Dunes National Park Act, to make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a national park. The House Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the plan Wednesday. The next step is for the full House to vote on whether or not to send it to the Senate.
The plan is sponsored by all nine of Indiana’s U.S. House members. Northwest Indiana Times reports approval would make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Indiana’s first National Park and the 60th National Park in America.
The dunes were initially recommended to become a national park in 1916, but the effort was set aside because of World War I. In 1925, they became a state park and then earned the designation of national lakeshore in 1966.