It is with great excitement and honor to announce the unveiling of YDWP’s newest protected lands. As of April 11, 1,000 acres on the Yellow Dog Plains will forever be known as the Mudjekewis Wildlife Refuge. The land was the legacy of C. Fred Rydholm and it was donated to our organization for the purpose of preserving wild spaces, building community awareness of the importance of nature in our lives, and keeping a bit of history alive.
To celebrate, YDWP will be hosting the inaugural hike to the Wildlife Refuge on May 26th. Participants will get to tour the grounds, hear some good “Fred” stories, and enjoy the legacy that is now here for public benefit. Space is limited to email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot! Visit our webpage for more information, pictures, and maps.
This year, explore the Yellow Dog River and surrounding area upriver from the Yellow Dog Community Forest. This is a back country event, so be prepared for deep snow, hills, and some rough terrain. Enjoy lunch overlooking the river beside a warming fire, and don’t forget your cameras.
Story map link: Wild and Scenic Yellow Dog River
The Creation of the Story Map: Wild and Scenic Yellow Dog River which highlights the designated wild portion of the river, has been a six- month long adventure and learning experience. It all began back in April with the receipt of a $3000.00 grant from Patagonia and River Network to facilitate its making in order to celebrate and to raise awareness of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act created in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and also to begin a new campaign to increase the Yellow Dog River’s designation. This unique area of Michigan harbors some of the most pristine, unspoiled, and intact wilderness east of the Mississippi River; however, our waters are not without their threats. Extraction industries, new roads, and other developments continue to increase in the Yellow Dog Watershed and surrounding areas. In order to ensure that our wilderness areas remain pristine and pure, we must be ever vigilant. More…
Join the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve on November 7th from 6-9pm at the Ore Dock Brewing Company for an evening of celebration, education, and fundraising. This year marks the group’s 23rd anniversary and each year they host a meeting of the membership to let supporters know of their activities, organizational changes, and to elect individuals to the Board of Directors.
Also this year the group is helping the National Park Service celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. During the evening, there will be a short presentation of this historic piece of legislation that has helped save rivers across the country. In addition, the unveiling of the Yellow Dog River Story Map will occur. A Story Map is an innovative multimedia tool that can be used to raise awareness for topics like the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. More…
The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host two events this fall to celebrate the Yellow Dog River and the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. First, on October 20th, chairman, Chauncey Moran, will lead a 12-14 mile hike through the McCormick Wilderness Area to Bulldog Lake, the headwaters of the river. He and son Jeremiah scouted this route last year when they embarked on a several day walk of the entire length of the river, from Bulldog Lake to Lake Superior. Because of the rugged terrain and the fact that there is no trail, the October hike is limited to 10 participants, so register early to secure a spot by contacting email@example.com.
Next will be our annual meeting at the Ore Dock in Marquette on November 7, 6pm -9pm. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with food, music, silent auction, film and the premier of the story map which highlights the designated wild portion of the Yellow Dog River.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, signed into law by President Lynden B. Johnson in 1968. Very few rivers meet the standards required to be designated; however, in 1991, four miles of the Yellow Dog River, from the headwaters at Bulldog Lake to the border of the McCormick Wilderness Area, were added to the prestigious list. More…