Park to Invite Public Input on Quincy Cultural Landscape Report
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 337-1104
Contact: Steve DeLong, Landscape Architect, (906) 337-1104
(Calumet, MI) Keweenaw National Historical Park (NHP) will soon be inviting public participation concerning the development of treatment alternatives for the Quincy Unit landscape. The upcoming program will present an overview of Part One of the Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment (CLR/EA) that contains historic research and documentation of the Quincy landscape over time; inventory and mapping of existing conditions; and an analysis of landscape character and integrity. This report is the result of a collaborative effort by park staff and a consulting team from Quinn Evans Architects and Woolpert, LLC. Details of the June meeting time and place will be forthcoming.
Environmental assessment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, is an important component of this project, and one where public input is of high value to the process. Environmental assessment considers the effect and impact of any action on the overall human environment, including the natural, built, tribal, economic, and social environments. The careful consideration of treatment alternatives will lead the way to a recommended treatment plan, which will guide National Park Service efforts in the Quincy area well into the future.
The group will also introduce and initiate Part Two of the CLR/EA at this meeting. Part Two will develop alternatives for the treatment of the Quincy Unit landscape; assess impacts; undergo public review; and ultimately provide a recommended treatment plan for the historic landscape within the Quincy Unit. Public involvement is important to the success of this project.
The project team welcomes discussion and comments from all interested parties. Please contact Keweenaw NHP Landscape Architect Steve DeLong, ASLA at 337-1104, ext 122 if you wish to know more about the CLR/EA effort, or if you have information to share regarding the history or management of the Quincy Unit. The park looks forward to public participation at the meeting.
Did You Know?
Despite ups and downs in copper production and prices, the Quincy Mining Company on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was able to pay its investors dividends nearly every year from 1862 to 1920, earning it the nickname "Old Reliable." The company closed in 1945, but continued to operate the smelter until 1971.