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Contact: Bruce Rowe, 219-395-1609
The National Park Service has issued an emergency closure of the Little Calumet River Trail from June 1 – 5, for the protection of the public. During the closure, crews will cut down a large number of dead ash trees along the boardwalk section of the trail. The trail will reopen when the work is completed.
These trees have been killed by the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer. This invasive insect is bright, metallic green, about 1/2″ long with a flattened back. Its larva tunnel under the tree’s bark and disrupt the transport of food and water within the tree, eventually killing it. Nineteen states, including Indiana, are infested by the insect. To help prevent the movement of the Emerald Ash Borer, campers are urged not to move firewood. Instead purchase local firewood near the campground.
For more information on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or go to the web page at www.nps.gov/indu.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.