Gull Rock Lightkeepers (GRL) is a Michigan-based 501(c)3 nonprofit whose sole mission is to preserve and restore the Gull Rock Lighthouse. GRL was formed by Peter Annin, a former Newsweek correspondent who now organizes educational fellowships for environmental journalists in the Great Lakes region and throughout North America. He is currently writing a book about the Great Lakes for Island Press due for release during 2006. GRL’s board includes directors with experience in historic restoration, fundraising, and connections to the local community.
During the summer of 2004, Gull Rock Lightkeepers teamed up with the nonprofit Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (MLC) to submit an application to the federal government to assume ownership of Gull Rock Lighthouse. The application was submitted under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA) of 2000, which is an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Congress passed the NHLPA to forestall the chronic deterioration of America’s light stations — many of which have been mothballed by the government and fallen into a state of serious disrepair. In most cases, these mothballed lights are off-limits to the public. The NHLPA makes light stations available to local governments, state or federal agencies, and qualified non-profit organizations that complete a rigorous application process. No federal, state or local government entities stepped forward to acquire Gull Rock Lighthouse when it was made available for transfer in 2002. In June of 2005 the federal government approved the lighthouse transfer application from MLC and GRL and the deed for Gull Rock Lighthouse was transferred to the nonprofit sector.
GRL and MLC now aspire to salvage the Gull Rock Lighthouse from its significant state of disrepair by raising the extensive funds necessary to stabilize the structures, stanch the deterioration and begin the long process of restoration.
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Gull Rock Lighthouse
Gull Rock Lighthouse Privy
Gull Rock Lighthouse With Zodiac
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