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Dune Acres group continues fight against NPS’ Cowles Bog plan

Updated: February 2, 2013 6:24AM



A group of Dune Acres residents is making another push to stop the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from cutting down about 3,400 trees in the Cowles Bog area just south of the town.

Members of the Coalition to Protect Cowles Bog Area, including Cheryl Mackenzie Evans, who is also representing the plaintiffs, filed a new motion in U.S. District Court in Hammond for a preliminary injunction to stop the tree cutting and called for a hearing on the motion.

The group filed a similar motion earlier in December, questioning the federal government about the status of the bog. The U.S. National Park Service has said the bog is not in its natural state and the trees need to be removed to return the area to how it was several hundreds years ago.

But the coalition says cutting down the trees could cause flooding in the area and disputes that the trees are not part of the original environment. A federal judge rejected the first motion for a preliminary injunction, however, saying the plaintiffs didn’t follow proper legal procedure.



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