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Lighthouse group lays plans

L’ANSE — The Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association, a Michigan nonprofit corporation formed to preserve the cultural, historical and architectural features of the Huron Island Lighthouse, auxiliary buildings and adjacent properties for future generations, is preparing project plans for the 2021 work season and kicking off a membership drive, according to a news release.

Members of HILPA, which serves as a volunteer group working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, met with USFWS staff through the winter to assist with the Cultural Resources Management Plan and to prepare proposals for lighthouse preservation work projects. The group depends on donations of money, supplies and labor for approved projects.

The lighthouse is located on West Huron Island, known as Lighthouse Island, in the Huron National Wildlife Refuge, three miles offshore from the mouth of the Huron River in Lake Superior near Skanee. All projects are approved by USFWS and performed in accordance with refuge rules.

Monthly HILPA meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday at the Village Gift Store, 104 N. Main St. in L’Anse, and by Zoom. Anyone who would like to learn more about HILPA’s mission is welcome to attend, and may join HILPA as an annual or life member if desired. For information on membership, contact Nancy Strohschein at 248-892-1295 or email HILPAHuronIslandLighthouse@gmail.com. Follow HILPA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HuronIslands.

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