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Cultural Resource Management Plan

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The National Park Service has completed a non-wilderness Cultural Resources Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (CRMP/EA) for Isle Royale National Park and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

The CRMP/EA provides a long-term comprehensive strategy for managing the park's cultural resources outside of designated wilderness. The plan addresses the general management, preservation, public use, and interpretation of cultural resources, and presents a long-term comprehensive strategy and sets priorities for managing the non-wilderness cultural resources of the park.

The National Park Service selected Alternative B as the proposed action. The Plan will provide proactive stewardship of the full range of cultural resources at the Park and ensure appropriate management of fundamental resources and values. It emphasizes a vibrant partnership program for project implementation. If partnerships cannot be identified, actions could be delayed, and in the interim, the National Park Service would provide basic stabilization and maintenance for historic buildings. The Park would work with tribes to enhance or revive their long relationship with Isle Royale.

Elements of the Plan include the following:
• Emphasis on restoring cultural landscapes and historic structures.
• Providing additional visitor opportunities, such as volunteer work and access to cultural sites.
• Adaptive reuse of historic structures and cultural landscapes on Barnum and Washington Islands.
• Restoration of the historic Rock Harbor Guesthouse to function as a hostel or similar overnight lodging facility.
• Establishment of a scientific and/or demonstration assessment fishery at the Edisen Fishery and Washington Island.
• Restoration and rehabilitation of landscapes, exteriors, and interiors of lighthouses and encouragement of visitor access.
• Enhanced interpretation of historic mining sites.
• Research efforts would focus on known information gaps in the Park's archeological record.
• The Park would work with tribes to enhance or revive their long relationship with Isle Royale.
• The Park would increase efforts to document and understand Ojibwe culture and would further document the use and importance of Ojibwe fishing and lifeways at Isle Royale.


To read the CRMP/EA and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) click on
Document List under Project Links.


Primary Contacts for CRMP:

Liz Valencia: Manager, Interpretation and Cultural Resources
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1895
906.369.7146
906.487.7153
liz_valencia@nps.gov

Seth DePasqual: Cultural Resource Manager, NEPA Specialist
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1895
906.487.7146 (Houghton)
906.487.7170 (fax)
seth_c_depasqual@nps.gov