Each year, Save the Dunes bestows their highest honor - the Paul H. Douglas Memorial Award - for outstanding service to the cause of preserving and protecting the Indiana dunes.

The Douglas Award is named for Illinois Senator Paul Douglas who worked to establish the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite bitter opposition from the steel industry, the Indiana businesses and elected officials.

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Past Honorees:

2020: Shannon Eason
The Honorable Peter Visclosky
Nancy Moldenhauer
Steve Sass
Erin Argyilan
Paul Labus

2014:  Barbara Plampin
2013:  Dr. Noel Pavlovic
2012:  Irene Herlocker-Meyer, Harold Olin
2011:  Charles E. Oberlie
2010:  Larry Davis
2009:  Susan MiHalo
2008:  Dale Engquist
2007:  Marjory Wood Crawford
2006:  Jeanette Neagu

2005:  Dr. Mark MiHalo
2004:  Dr. Mark Reshkin
2003:  Congressman Peter Visclosky
2002:  Charlotte Read
2001:  Ellen Firme, Dorothy Potucek
2000: Carolyn Bach
1999:  Thomas Serynek
1998:  Lee Botts, Jean Segal
1997:  Thomas Dustin
1996:  Anne Bayless
1995:  Miriam Buhman
1994:  Edward Osann, Sylvia Troy, Herb Read
1993:  Sidney Yates
1992:  Faith Greiner
1991:  Ruth Osann

“We are so grateful for these individuals  who have such passion and dedication for protecting our natural areas. The exemplify what it means to be a champion for our Indiana dunes.”

Natalie Johnson, Executive Director