Rehabilitation & Restoration of Michigan, Outer, Devils, Long, & Sand Islands Light Stations
The National Park Service (NPS) is undertaking a planning process to determine an appropriate integrated treatment approach for the cultural landscapes and historic structures located at five Apostle Islands National Lakeshore light stations. These light stations are located on Michigan, Outer, Devils, Long and Sand islands. The light stations are the buildings and lands around the buildings that are associated with lighthouses built primarily in the late 1800s.
The treatment elements include removing encroaching trees and tall shrubs to restore once-cleared areas; removing features from cultural landscapes and historic structures that do not contribute to the historic significance of the landscapes and buildings; rehabilitating historic structures to improve visitor access and use; and repairing or improving a variety of structural features such as windows, roofs, and ventilation in historic structures; and removing or stabilizing hazardous materials.
The plan would address the degradation of the features that contribute to the historic significance of the cultural landscapes and existing limitations on visitor access to, and use of, the light station structures. The treatment approach will also address ways to implement key aspects of the park's new general management plan that recently underwent public review. The project will produce an integrated cultural landscape report and historic structures report to guide treatment and repairs to cultural landscapes and buildings at each lightstation and will also result in an environmental assessment to evaluate the environmental impact of implementing the plan.