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Friday, May 11, 2012

Environment - More on "National Park Service to restore Cowles Bog to former condition"

Updating this ILB entry from April 13, 2012, the May 10th Chesterton Tribune has a long guest commentary headed "NPS plan for Cowles Bog would destroy thousands of trees open natural area to industrial viewscape." It begins:

While I support the NPS's ongoing efforts to restore the Cowles Bog wetland, this particular aspect, which entails clear-cutting 25 acres of mature woodland, is misguided and unnecessarily destructive of the environment. It will have dire consequences for the local region and will most certainly diminish the enjoyment of this rich natural resource for the vast majority of park visitors. One need only visit the site to understand the tragic magnitude of the proposed project. More than 3,000 trees will be needlessly eliminated. In turn, this will expose the wetland's flora and fauna to marked increases in environmental pollution and obliterate the natural panorama which currently exists.

Disturbingly, none of this is apparent from reading the NPS environmental assessment or press releases. Their publicity campaign emphasizes only the project’s positive characteristics while obscuring or dismissing unfavorable aspects of it. In so doing, the NPS has intentionally misled the public in order to quell the inevitable opposition to such heavy-handed deforestation.

It concludes:
When the IDNLS (Ind. Dunes National Lakeshore) was created in 1966, the NPS was legislatively bound to “preserve in its present state...” that which had been entrusted to their care by the American people. It does not have the authority to customize the landscape to their whims. This is just one more example of a park administration that is dangerously out of touch with the concerns of local residents.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 11, 2012 12:46 PM
Posted to Environment