September 25, 2015


The Gary Parks Department announced major improvements to Reed Park, pictured above last autumn, including a nature-based playground and ecological educational programs. This will be a wonderful complement to the active children’s program housed at the park.

Porter County is not pleased with Indiana Dunes Tourism. Residents and elected officials alike shared concerns about transparency and the board’s handling of the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion fiasco at the recent Porter County Council meeting.

A tragedy at the Michigan City lighthouse pier has the South Bend Tribune asking if access should be restricted.

Access to Trail Creek has expanded. Michigan City celebrates a new handicapped-accessible boat and kayak launch at Hansen Park.

Is the proposed Illiana Tollway project dead? As the Daily Herald reported, the Federal Highway Administration has withdrawn a challenge against a federal judge’s June ruling that the project was “arbitrary and capricious.” The NWI Times seems to be holding out hope the project will be revived in half a decade’s time, but the Herald quotes an Illinois Department of Transportation spokesperson saying “the project remains on indefinite hold.”

A new nature preserve has replaced a weedy, swampy corner of Rosehill Cemetery on Chicago’s far north side. After ten years of planning the West Ridge Nature Preserve is now a reality.

The annual Alliance for the Great Lakes September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup removed over 25,000 pounds of litter from 277 shoreline locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Skunks are taking over in Skokie. Rabid bats are showing up on Chicago’s far north side. River Forest appears ready to battle deer. And Asian carp are showing up in the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers.

Environmental organizations and other Lake County, Illinois residents are speaking out against a proposed 25-mile extension of Routes 53 and 120. Financing and environmental consequences are leading concerns.

Development in Lake Forest, Illinois has residents concerned for an iconic 260 year old swamp white oak.

Sanctuary for Hoosier Bear! Michigan DNR agents arrested four people last month for trading in black bear parts. The Michigan Legislature is considering stricter punishments for poaching, including higher fines and longer suspensions on hunting licenses.



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