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Huron National Wildlife Refuge News Release for Managing Historic Light Station by January 2, 2020

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments for managing the historic Huron Island Light Station

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is conducting public scoping for development of a Cultural Resources Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Huron Islands Light Station within the Huron National Wildlife Refuge and Huron Islands Wilderness in Lake Superior (Marquette County, MI).

Huron National Wildlife Refuge News Release for Managing Historic Light Station by January 2, 2020
Huron National Wildlife Refuge News Release for Managing Historic Light Station by January 2, 2020

We would like to know your full range of issues, concerns and suggestions to consider in the development of the Plan that lays out guidance for managing the seven buildings that make up the Huron Light Station.  The Huron Lighthouse building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the exterior will be preserved in place. However, the Service is looking for input on management approaches for the other six buildings and auxiliary structures. This includes a wood sided assistant lighthouse keepers quarters, a brick privy, a brick fuel storage shed, a concrete boathouse, a brick fog signal building, a cinderblock US Coast Guard Barracks building, fuel storage tank, a rail tramway, utility infrastructure and concrete walkways.  Management strategies could include a spectrum of approaches from preservation in place, active demolition or natural decay.  If any adverse effects would occur to buildings under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Service would resolve them under a Memorandum of Agreement among consulting parties. 

Huron Scoping Document

Once a draft Plan and EA are developed, they will be available for public comment and the Service will host an open house for community discussion.  More detailed information can be found in the attached document, online at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/huron/or by contacting Refuge Manager Sara Siekierski, 906-586-9851 x 11 or emailing sara_siekierski@fws.gov.  We will be accepting comments from the public until January 2, 2020.

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 http://www.fws/gov.

Find more information atwww.fws.gov/refuge/seney or connect with our Facebook page atfacebook.com/seneyrefuge.

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