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[Federal Register: September 3, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 170)]
[Page 46508-46509]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Park Service

Keweenaw National Historical Park, Draft Environmental Impact
Statement/General Management Plan

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of draft environmental impact statement
and General Management Plan for the Keweenaw National Historical Park,
located in Houghton County, Michigan.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the
availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and
General Management Plan (GMP) for the Keweenaw National Historical
Park. The DEIS responds to Public Law 102-543, establishing Keweenaw
National Historical Park. This notice also announces public meetings
for the purpose of receiving public comments on the DEIS.
    This DEIS for the GMP presents a proposal and three alternative
strategies for guiding future management of the national historical
park and balancing resource protection and public use. The major
subject areas are, cultural resources, visitor experience, park
management and operations, and the establishment of a public
    Alternative 1 presents a continuation of existing trends and
management, and projects these conditions into the foreseeable future,
providing a basis to evaluate the other alternatives. Alternative 2,
the ``community assistance alternative,'' would place the community at
the forefront of implementing preservation actions and interpretive
programs at sites in the park. The NPS would play a major support role,
providing a comprehensive program of technical and financial assistance
to the community to help make their actions a success. Under
alternative 3, the ``traditional park in the core industrial areas''
alternative, the NPS would establish a very visible and traditional
presence in the core industrial areas in each unit. The NPS would lease
or acquire one or more buildings in each unit for visitor use and
administration services. Other significant properties within the core
industrial areas of the Calumet and Quincy units could be leased or
purchased and interpreted when funding and staffing levels were
adequate. The proposed action (alternative 4) is a blend of the
community assistance alternative, number 2, and a refinement of the
more traditional national park alternative, number 3. Through selected
acquisition and other preservation tools, the NPS would have a strong
public presence in both park units. Through community assistance, the
NPS would be a contributing member of a very organized and active
partnership of local government and community groups. The DEIS
evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the four

DATES: Comments on the DEIS should be received no later than October
31, 1997. Public meetings regarding the DEIS will be held at 7:00 p.m.
on September 22 and 23, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the DEIS shall be submitted to the
Superintendent, Keweenaw National Historical Park, 100 Red Jacket Road,
Second Floor, Calumet, Michigan, 49913.
    Public meetings will be held at the following locations:

Calumet High School All Purpose Room, Calumet, Michigan 7:00 p.m.,
September 22, 1997.
Finnish-American Heritage Center, Suomi College campus, Hancock,

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Michigan, 7:00 p.m., September 23, 1997.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public reading copies of the DEIS will be
available for review at the following locations:

Park Headquarters, Keweenaw National Historical Park, 100 Red Jacket
Road, Second Floor, Calumet, Michigan
Park Headquarters, Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive,
Houghton, Michigan
Portage Lake District Library, 105 Huron, Houghton, Michigan
Calumet Public Library, 102 Calumet, Calumet, Michigan
Hancock Public Library, Hancock High School, Hancock, Michigan
Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Library, 601 Calumet, Lake Linden, Michigan
Michigan Technological University Library, Houghton, Michigan
Village of Calumet Clerk's Office, 106 Red Jacket Road, Calumet,
Village of Laurium Clerk's Office, 310 Hecla, Laurium, Michigan
Hancock City Manager, City Hall, Hancock, Michigan
Houghton City Manager, 616 Shelden Ave., Houghton, Michigan
Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front Street, Marquette, Michigan
Kelly Eastwood Olson Library, Northern Michigan University, 1401
Presque Isle, Marquette, Michigan

    A limited number of copies of the DEIS are available from:

Superintendent, Keweenaw National Historical Park, 100 Red Jacket Road,
Second Floor, Calumet, Michigan 49913, (906) 337-3168

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Fiala, Superintendent, Keweenaw
National Historical Park at the above address, or he can be reached at

    Dated: August 15, 1997.
William W. Schenk,
Regional Director, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 97-23323 Filed 9-2-97; 8:45 am]

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