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From the NPS: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Final White-tailed Deer Management Plan

This document is a plan for the management of white-tailed deer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It presents management actions as alternatives and addresses the potential environmental consequences of the alternatives on vegetation, soils and water quality, white-tailed deer and deer habitat, other wildlife and wildlife habitat, sensitive and rare species, archeological resources, cultural landscapes, visitor use and experience, visitor and employee health and safety, soundscapes, socioeconomic conditions, and national lakeshore management and operations. It presents the results of the public review of the draft plan and the NPS responses to substantive comments.

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The Future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Download The Future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore report by the Gaylord Donnelly Foundation (

"Far into the horizon, wide blue water reflects the sky. Waves crinkle at the shore, scattering sand and tumbling pebbles that are a legacy of ancient glaciers. Graceful dunes roll back from the beach to forests, marshes and bogs that are home to an unrivaled diversity of species, including endangered butterflies, orchids and badgers. Yet look east and west to steel mills and power plants, or across the water to the sharp skyline of the nation’s third largest city. This marvel of a national park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visited by some 2 million people each year, was created and survives in one of the most heavily populated places in the United States."