That it is at all possible to interest our people in such an enterprise shows the change in their thoughts regarding the value of landscape, recreation, and appreciation of nature in general. And further, the increasing demand for state or government action proves that the people commence to show a different attitude towards the state or national government than they formerly had. But when demanding something from either of these two agencies it must also be in the minds of the people that from now on in order to get this and other good, they must contribute in a larger measure towards the welfare and maintenance of state and national government.
A most excellent start has been made in our state through the purchase of Turkey Run and McCormick's Creek Canon for state parks. The beginning was small but notable. It is somewhat different with the Sand Dunes. Private subscriptions, unless coming from extremely wealthy persons interested in the locality would not be sufficient to buy a tract of land of adequate size, but state and federal governments will take a different attitude towards the project if they see the earnestness and determination of the people to have a tract of land set aside for the common good which is in great danger of being exploited by industrial and commercial interests and lost forever.
I sincerely hope that private efforts through voluntary organizations
will not cease until they have succeeded in bringing about decisive action
by the state or the nation.
The Sand Dunes and the lake front should be saved for the people.
Posted 29th June, 1999; last updated 10th July, 2001.