History & Culture

Preservation 50


2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Hiawatha National Forest is committed to protecting significant heritage resources, to share their values with the American people, and contribute relevant information and perspectives to natural resource management. Hiawatha National Forest is celebrating “Preservation 50” with a variety of heritage projects that will help us maintain and promote cultural resources into the future!  Check out some of those stories here…


Youth Archeology (pdf)

Coalwood Passport in Time (pdf)

Soldiers Lake Pavilion (pdf)

Sandtown Planting (pdf)


Preservation 50 - Lighthouse Historic Structures Reports

Point Iroquis Light Station

We often refer to the Hiawatha as “Your Great Lakes National Forest.”  The Forest’s proximity to three of the Great Lakes affects the cultural and natural heritage of our landscape.  Lighthouses (6 of them!) are among the unique cultural resources found on the Hiawatha.  The preservation and interpretation of these signature historic structures is an important component of the work we conduct on the Forest, but the continual need for maintenance is sometimes a challenge. 


Preservation 50 - Youth Archaeology Workshop

Preservation 50 - Grand Island youth Archeology Workshop

Kids “dig” history!  In July the Forest hosted the 2016 Youth Archaeology Workshop on Grand Island.

Preservation 50 - Sandtown Planting Project

Preservation 50 - Sandtown Planting

On August 3rd , the Hiawatha held its 8th annual native plants planting event was held at the former Anishinaabe logging and lumbering settlement of “Sandtown.”


Preseervation 50 - Coalwood Passport in Time

Preservation 50 - Coalwood PIT

This year the Hiawatha National Forest hosted a Passport in Time project at Coalwood, an old Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company logging settlement.