About the Isle Royale Cultural Resources Management Plan

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About the Isle Royale Cultural Resources Management Plan

Post by fonixmunkee » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:41 pm

This thread is dedicated to explaining what the Isle Royale Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP). Here, you'll find links to documents and other threads that can help you shape the park's future.

About the IR CRMP:
Isle Royale National Park is beginning public scoping for a Cultural Resources Management Plan (CRMP), which will address the general management, preservation, public use, and interpretation of forming an interdisciplinary planning team to produce the plan in consultation with the public, tribal and state government, and other interested parties.

Isle Royale's cultural resources reflect 4500 years of human endeavor and include: prehistoric mining and occupation sites, American Indian and Euro-American historic mining and fishery sites, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and historic resorts and summer homes. They demonstrate a complex interaction of people and the role they played in shaping the human and physical landscapes on Isle Royale. Presently, the National Park Service manages its cultural resources according to directives defined in the Park's General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS 1998) without specific guidance for a number of cultural resource themes and topics. The proposed Cultural Resources Management Plan and accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA) seeks to define sustainable management practices for all significant cultural resources found on Isle Royale, including archeological sites, cultural landscapes, historic structures, ethnographic resources, and museum objects.

The proposed CRMP/EA will begin with a round of public listening sessions to be held this November and December in Houghton and East Lansing, Michigan, and Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota. The sessions will feature informal gatherings where the public can interact with Park personnel on plan goals and processes, issues, ideas, and concerns.
Upcoming CRMP Sessions:
These sessions are a chance for you to interface with park personnel on plan goals, process, issues, ideas and concerns.

Houghton Listening Session
Thursday, 12/02/2010, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Franklin Square Inn (Best Western)
820 Shelden Ave.
Houghton, Michigan

Lansing Listening Session
Tuesday, 12/07/2010, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
55 South Harrison Avenue
Lansing, Michigan

Going to a CRMP listening session? Here's some topics to consider when providing your feedback:

1. Do you feel that cultural resources are an important part of your experience on Isle Royale?
2. Is there a particular aspect of Isle Royale’s prehistory and/or history that you feel is important to your experience on the island?
3. How do you feel cultural resources should be managed on Isle Royale?
4. What kind of changes or strategies do you feel are necessary regarding cultural resources on Isle Royale?

I didn't make it to a CRMP listening session, how else can I provide feedback?

You are encouraged to register comments digitally on the project website.

1. Navigate to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ISROcrmp
2. Select the tab on the left titled "Open for Comment"
3. Select on of the topic headings.
4. Register your comment.

By email/US Mail:
Written comments and questions can also be sent to:

Seth DePasqual: Cultural Resource Manager, NEPA Specialist
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1895
906.487.7146 (Houghton)
906.483.7713 (Island)
906.487.7170 (fax)

Liz Valencia
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
906.478-7153 (Houghton)

Forum threads about the IR CRMP:
Been to a listening session? Want to chat about a point being made by the CRMP? Follow these threads:

General CRMP discussion