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Public review, comments sought for Lighthouse Island at Huron National Wildlife Refuge

The Historic Huron Island Light Station is pictured. 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. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

SENEY — 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.

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 USFWS 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 demolishing and removing the boathouse, fog signal building, barracks and other site features. 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.

The public is invited to review and comment on draft Environmental Assessment and Cultural Resources Management Plan documents, which are available through May 15. Documents are available at /www.fws.gov/refuge/huron/. Individuals 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, comments may be submitted by mail to Huron NWR Comments at 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, Seney, MI 49883.

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