The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of Keweenaw National Historical Park, and would like to invite the public to join in this effort.
A foundation document involves examining a national park unit’s core purpose and significance, identifying its most important resources and values, and defining the interpretive themes that tell the park’s key stories. Although the document does not make decisions about the future of the park, it describes a shared understanding of what is most important about the park, is grounded in the park’s legislation, and is informed by knowledge acquired since the park was originally established. The foundation document will affirm the underlying guidance for future management and planning decisions, and is the first step for considering and prioritizing the park’s planning and study needs.
All park units in the national park system will have a foundation document by 2016, the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Keweenaw NHP is part of this nationwide effort to complete foundation documents for all 407 park units in the park system.
The National Park Service invites the public to play a role in charting the park’s future by sharing their thoughts on what is most important about Keweenaw NHP, and to help identify its most pressing threats and its greatest opportunities. An open house is scheduled for Monday April 27, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at park headquarters, located at 25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet, Michigan. This session will be an opportunity to discuss the park and the foundation document process with National Park Service staff, and to submit your thoughts and ideas to the project team.
For more information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at 906-337-3168, or check the web at www.nps.gov/kewe.