National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Cowles Bog Project
PORTER, IN - The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a restoration project at Cowles Bog Wetland Complex located within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The NPS is seeking public input on the proposed project and will hold a public meeting on Wednesday July 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Meeting Room located at 1100 N. Mineral Springs Road in Porter, Indiana.
The National Park Service is proposing to modify the southeast portion of the Cowles Bog Wetland Complex to restore the area to a pre-European settlement habitat; the Lake Plain Wet-Mesic Prairie. This is a rare wetland type that develops only on mineral soil created by glaciations and is influenced by groundwater seepage. The project is located in the southeast portion of the Cowles Bog Wetland Complex, directly situated on the west side of Mineral Springs Road, north of the railroad tracks.
At this meeting, NPS staff will present information on the history of the site, the current conditions, and the desired future conditions. Alternatives that are being considered for achieving the project's goals will be introduced. The public will be asked to provide input on the project including what issues of concern should be investigated in the Environmental Assessment. For more information, please contact Dan Mason by e-mail at Daniel_Mason@nps.gov.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 394 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than two million visitors come to this national park each year.
Did You Know?
Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.