Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed
in its most natural state for the use of the public,
now, and for the benefit of future generations.

Citizen Action,Land Preservation,programs

Final Comment Period for Community Forest

26 Jan , 2017  

Planning is almost complete for the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project. We have now conducted two public planning sessions, one online survey, and over 10 Community Forest Committee meetings to create the draft Yellow Dog River Community Forest Plan. We now open the last comment period for public input and you have until February 6th to provide your thoughts on the future management of the area. We want to hear from you! For ease of review, please download the Plan Components. This document contains the Community Forest Purpose Statement, Goals/Objectives, Zone Descriptions, Zoning Map, and link to an online survey where you can provide your input. Please contact us if you have any questions at (906)345-9223 or emily@yellowdogwatershed.org.

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Community Forest Planning Session Two

6 Dec , 2016  

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has scheduled the final Community Forest Planning Session for December 6th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. This planning session will focus on developing a roadmap for achieving the community’s desired goals as well as designing methods for keeping the newly created Yellow Dog River Community Forest protected on a long term basis. More…

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Events,Land Preservation

Community Forest Permanently Protected along Yellow Dog River

17 Oct , 2016  

Eyeball Falls by Chauncey Moran

As of September 29th, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve took ownership over 688 acres of northern forest along the beautiful Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The group spearheaded a campaign to create a protected area called the Yellow Dog River Community Forest which will result in ensuring permanent public access this important area, fending off development pressures, and maintaining the property as a forested, natural landscape. More…

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Education & Outreach,news,Sulfide Mining

Watershed Mineral Exploration Update

9 Jun , 2016  

Active Mineral Exploration Continues near Eagle Mine

Chauncey Moran, Yellow Dog RIVERKEEPER, recently conducted an aerial survey of the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog River watersheds, scanning the landscape and waterways for mining activity and other land use issues. Both watersheds were surveyed via airplane and Moran reports that there are 7 total exploratory drilling operations that are currently active. All 7 of those are occurring directly east of Eagle Mine within a relatively short distance of the portal. This location has been called Eagle East and represents a plausible location for additional mineral deposits. No other active drilling elsewhere in the watersheds was noted during the flight. YDWP will continue to fly and conduct monitoring of this activity in order to inform concerned community members. More…

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Land Preservation,news,programs

Community Forest Purchase Moves Steadily Forward

1 Apr , 2016  

Photo by William Malmsten of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

By March 31, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve successfully raised the funds for the purchase of 695 acres of forest in northern Marquette County. Through donations, grants, and foundation support, the group had raised $1,096,397 dollars, which is enough to move forward with the sellers of the property.

“We are amazed at the amount of support from local, statewide, and national sources that came in to help our community create this important natural asset,” says Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager for YDWP. “The amount raised represents 99.7% of our original goal and we now have enough to purchase the property, so the landowners and YDWP are moving forward. More…

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March Community Forest Concert

26 Mar , 2016  

The Michigan G-Men of Ann Arbor will be performing for YDWP on March 26, 2016 in support of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project. The all male group performs a cappella and is nationally renowned for their unique talents. The G-Men have competed in ICCA Finals in New York City’s Town Hall, toured extensively across the US, and performed privately for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Check out their sound by visiting their website: http://www.thegmen.org/

The event begins at 5pm at Coco’s Restaurant in Marquette. Donations are greatly appreciated at the door and will go toward the purchase and establishment of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. Many items will be available through our silent auction, including vacation home rentals, massage gift certificates, art, and local treats. There will also be a short presentation about the project and our fundraising status as well as a performance by Milo Birch (http://www.milobirch.com/). The G-Men will then take the stage and share their voices and talents by closing out the evening at 8pm.

All proceeds go toward the fundraising goal, so be there and bring friends!

The Michigan G-Men will perform on March 26 to benefit YDWP.

The Michigan G-Men will perform on March 26 to benefit YDWP.

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