Boathouse Restoration Complete

The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the completion of the Plum Island Boathouse painting and restoration project by Washington Island contractor, Jeff Hagen.

Using the specifications outlined by the National Park Service, Hagen and his crew used hand-held spray bottles to dampen workable areas with water and scraped the old lead paint. The chips were captured on a tarp, collected, and stored in a drum-type barrel for proper EPA disposal along with the wash water used in the process. The building was then hand-washed with a cleaning solution and let dry before applying an oil-based primer and two finish coats.

Plum Island Boathouse before restoration.

The boathouse painting project was paid for by the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The building will serve as the future visitors’ center for the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working on a 15-year management plan for the refuge that is made up of Plum, Pilot, and Hog Islands.

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