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Park Invites Public Comment on Union Building Environmental Assessment

photo: Calumet's historic Union Building, will be rehabilitated into the park's first major visitor facility.
Calumet's historic Union Building, will be rehabilitated into the National Park Service's first major visitor facility at Keweenaw NHP.
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson

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Date: February 1, 2010
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 483-3016

(Calumet, Michigan) The National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park invites the public to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Union Building Interpretive Facility. The facility is located in downtown Calumet on Red Jacket Road near Fifth and Scott Streets.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) addresses background information, purpose, context, impact topics, a variety of alternatives, and documentation relevant to the project. The EA examines how the project affects the built and human environments as well as natural resources.

There are a variety of ways for the public to access the document and provide comment; the preferred method is through the National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website.

Copies of the EA will also be available at the Calumet Public Library at C-L-K Schools, the Hancock Public Library, the Portage Lake District Library, and at park headquarters located at 25970 Red Jacket Road in Calumet. Comments are encouraged and appreciated.

Reviewers are asked to provide online or written comments regarding the EA to the NPS no later than March 5, 2010. Following the public review, comments will be addressed and necessary adjustments made before distributing the final report and environmental decision document.

Participation in this important process will result in a higher level of preservation and stewardship for the Copper Country's rich heritage. For more information contact park headquarters at (906) 337-3168.


Did You Know?

A piece of float copper sets on exhibit near the Calumet & Hecla general offices.

The largest known quantities in the world of pure, native copper were found on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. In some cases, the deposits were up to 97% pure, requiring little chemical processing to produce ingots of pure copper.