Calumet Stewardship Initiative

Save the Dunes

Save the Dunes works to preserve, protect and restore the Indiana Dunes and more broadly natural resources in Northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan Watershed to enhance the quality of life for all of the regions residents. Since 1952, the organization has fought to protect the natural splendor of the Indiana Dunes through the creation and expansion of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the protection of the land, air, water and biodiversity in and around the park. Today, Save the Dunes is proud to continue in the tradition of its farsighted founders as it works to protect the natural heritage of Northwest Indiana.

To achieve this vision, Save the Dunes pursues a number of initiatives. The Save the Dunes land program is dedicated to identifying, acquiring, and stewarding critical natural areas in the vicinity of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The water program works to improve water quality throughout the region through the creation and implementation of watershed management plans, coordination of the Urban Waters program, and review of water permits effecting Northwest Indiana. CSI is one of a number of partnerships though which Save the Dunes works routinely to enhance opportunities within the Indiana Dunes and address threats to quality of life that affect the region. For example CSI is a network through which Save the Dunes publicizes emerging concerns and builds partnerships to address them.

As part of CSI, Save the Dunes hosts numerous volunteer workdays where individuals assist in habitat restoration, invasive species removal, and local biodiversity. Save the Dunes is an integral member of CSI, often with staff serving in leadership roles on CSI activity teams and on the steering committee.

Thanks to a century of citizen efforts, millions of people today enjoy the sandy beaches, lush forests, wetlands, streams, and spectacular birds and wildflowers of the Indiana Dunes. Save the Dunes is dedicated to ensuring that generations to come will be afforded the same opportunity.

Contact Information: (219) 879-3564 or [email protected]

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