Isle Royale to Hold Public Meetings on Cultural Resources Plan


HOUGHTON, Mich. - Officials are kicking off a series of public meetings this week to discuss a plan for dealing with cultural resources at Isle Royale National Park. 

The first public meeting is Tuesday, November 12 in Houghton, Michigan.  Others will be held in Chelsea, Michigan on Thursday, November 14,  in St. Paul on Tuesday, November 19, and Duluth on Wednesday, November 20.

Isle Royale is an island chain in northwestern Lake Superior. Its cultural features range from prehistoric Native American mining remnants to lighthouses, shipwrecks and fishery sites. Officials say they illustrate how people shaped the landscape over thousands of years.

During the meetings, the planning team will present information about preliminary draft alternative concepts of the Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP), currently under development, that provide a range of options for the management, treatment, and interpretation of cultural resources. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the public to discuss the alternative concepts, as well as other ideas about the plan and planning process with the planning team. 

“Isle Royale has such interesting and varied cultural resources and associated compelling stories. We are very excited to be working on this plan,” commented Park Superintendent, Phyllis Green.  “I hope the public takes this opportunity to engage with the planning team and let us know how they would like see cultural resources managed in the future.”

Park staffers produced the plan in consultation with tribal and state governments and other interested parties. It deals with general management, preservation, public use and interpretation of cultural resources.  It's accompanied by an environmental impact statement.

A newsletter providing information on the planning process, preliminary alternative concepts, draft park foundation document and a comment card for providing comments is available at Isle Royale headquarters and on the NPS planning website:


Public Meeting schedule

Public Meeting 1: Houghton, Michigan
Date:  November 12,  2013   
Location: Franklin Square Inn, 820 Shelden Avenue
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Presentation at 6:15 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 2: Chelsea, Michigan
Date:  November 14,  2013
Location: Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson Street
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Presentation at 6:15 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 3: St. Paul, Minnesota
Date:  November 19,  2013   
Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Presentation at 6:15 followed by open house)

Public Meeting 4: Duluth, Minnesota
Date:  November 20, 2013
Location: Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Drive
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Presentation at 6:15 followed by open house)


Public Comments accepted until December 4, 2013

Comments may be submitted electronically only on the NPS planning website ( Once on the website, click on “Open for Comment” in the left sidebar, and then select “CRMP Newsletter 2.” To submit a comment, select “Comment on Document” in the middle of the page or on the left sidebar.

If unable to access the website, submit written comments by December 4, 2013, to:

National Park Service
Attention Brenda Todd, ISRO CRMP Project Manager
Denver Service Center, Planning Division
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 82225-0287

Questions on the plan or public meetings can be directed to:
Liz Valencia: Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1895

Seth DePasqual: Cultural Resource Manager, NEPA Specialist
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1895

(Photo of Edison Fishery by Joe Ross, via Flikr)

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