Press Release 4-8-2020 Historic Huron Island Light Station Management

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Region
Huron National Wildlife Refuge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release

 

Public Comment Period Extended until May 29, 2020 for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service draft plans for managing the historic Huron Island Light Station on Huron National Wildlife Refuge

 

May 15, 2020

Contact: Sara Siekierski 906-630-2015, sara_siekierski@fws.gov 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public review and comments regarding a draft Cultural Resources Management Plan and draft Environmental Assessment for Lighthouse Island of the Huron National Wildlife Refuge in Lake Superior (Marquette County, MI). Lighthouse Island is the only island within the refuge that has cultural resources to manage which includes the historic Huron Islands Light Station.

The primary need for a cultural resources management plan is to meet the refuge purposes and obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Wilderness Act. The plan will layout a long-term program for administering cultural resources. The draft environmental assessment reviews three alternative approaches for cultural resources management on the island, including; continue current mothballing efforts, preserve all buildings, and the preferred alternative to preserve select buildings. The Service is proposing to preserve and protect the Lighthouse, Assistant Keepers Quarters, Privy, Oil House, Dock and Pathway as part of the Huron Islands Light Station and associated infrastructure. While removing the Boathouse, Fog Signal Building, Barracks and other site features as outlined. Cultural resources that may be physically removed will be preserved in an alternative format in a way that visitors can still know their location and function.

You are invited to review and comment on the draft Environmental Assessment and Cultural Resources Management Plan documents. The documents have been available since April 15, 2020 and comments are being accepted until May 29, 2020. Documents are available below. You can contact the refuge manager at 906-630-2015 or sara_siekierski@fws.gov to request documents in alternative formats.

Due to office closures, the best way to submit your comments is by email to sara_siekierski@fws.gov. If email is not possible you can submit comments by mail to Huron NWR Comments at 1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney MI 49883.

For many, the thought of islands can evoke a sense of mystery, isolation, history, and wildness. Islands are a place of sanctuary and protection from the harsh elements of the open water. Islands also serve as a refuge for rare plants and animals, protected by miles of water from predators, diseases, and urban development. Your comments can help us better manage Lighthouse Island for its multiple values.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

Press Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on draft plans for managing the historic Huron Island Light Station on Huron National Wildlife Refuge

April 8, 2020

Contact: Sara Siekierski 906-630-2015, sara_siekierski@fws.gov 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public review and comments regarding a draft Cultural Resources Management Plan and draft Environmental Assessment for Lighthouse Island of the Huron National Wildlife Refuge in Lake Superior (Marquette County, MI). Lighthouse Island is the only island within the refuge that has cultural resources to manage which includes the historic Huron Islands Light Station.

The primary need for a cultural resources management plan is to meet the refuge purposes and obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Wilderness Act. The plan will layout a long-term program for administering cultural resources. The draft environmental assessment reviews three alternative approaches for cultural resources management on the island, including; continue current mothballing efforts, preserve all buildings, and the preferred alternative to preserve select buildings. The Service is proposing to preserve and protect the Lighthouse, Assistant Keepers Quarters, Privy, Oil House, Dock and Pathway as part of the Huron Islands Light Station and associated infrastructure. While removing the Boathouse, Fog Signal Building, Barracks and other site features as outlined after historical significance has been preserved. Cultural resources that will be physically removed will be preserved in an alternative format in a way that visitors can still know there location and function.

You are invited to review and comment on the draft Environmental Assessment and Cultural Resources Management Plan documents. The documents and attachments, are available beginning April 15, 2020 for 30 days. Documents are available at the bottom of this page. You can contact the refuge manager at 906-630-2015 or sara_siekierski@fws.gov to request documents in alternative formats.

Due to office closures, the best way to submit your comments is by email to sara_siekierski@fws.gov. If email is not possible you can submit comments by mail to Huron National Wildlife Refuge Comments at 1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney MI 49883.

For many, the thought of islands can evoke a sense of mystery, isolation, history, and wildness. Islands are a place of sanctuary and protection from the harsh elements of the open water. Islands also serve as a refuge for rare plants and animals, protected by miles of water from predators, diseases, and urban development. Your comments can help us better manage Lighthouse Island for its multiple values.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit fws/gov.

Documents

Draft Huron National Wildlife Refuge Lighthouse (West Huron) Island Cultural Resources Management Plan

Appendix B - Maps and Photos of the Cultural Resources of Lighthouse Island in 2016

Appendix C - Additional Photos of the Cultural Resources of Lighthouse Island

Environmental Assessment for Cultural Resources Management at Lighthouse (West Huron) Island, Huron National Wildlife Refuge

Environmental Assessment Appendix C - Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation Form

Associated Documents

Minimum Requirements Decision Guide Workbook for the Huron Islands Light Station