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Judge won’t stop Cowles Bog project

Updated: January 14, 2013 7:24AM



A federal judge has denied a motion to stop the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from cutting down about 3,400 trees in Cowles Bog just south of Dune Acres.

A group of residents and the Coalition to Protect Cowles Bog Area filed the suit Tuesday, saying that the National Park Service had never turned over to the plaintiffs notes from an 1830 survey showing what the area was originally like.

The park and other environmental groups say the trees are not native and that cutting them down will help restore the area to its original state, along with encouraging rare plant and animals to come back. The plaintiffs say in the suit, however, that cutting down the trees will harm them and the environment.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen said in his order Wednesday that the plaintiffs had not followed proper legal procedure in filing their complaint.

Cheryl Evans, one of the plaintiffs who is representing all of them, could not be reached for comment. It was unclear whether the group could refile the request for an injunction.



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