The first ridge behind the beach where Pioneer species like marram grass and sand reed grass help stabilize the sand with their extensive root systems.  A stabilized foredune can also support wildflowers and shrubs like common milkweed, beach pea, bearberry, poison ivy, and wild grape.  Cottonwood trees can also be found in this landscape.


  • Low dune, parallel to the shoreline

  • Sparse vegetation with primarily pioneer species

    • hardy species which are the first to colonize an area and begin ecological succession

  • Periods of drought​

  • Storm waves

  • Alternating periods of sand burial and erosion

Sources: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coatal Program

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The mission of Save the Dunes is to preserve, protect and restore the Indiana dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed for an enhanced quality of life.

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