Join the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve as they celebrate their 22nd year as a successful environmental organization in Marquette County. The group will hold their Annual Meeting at Blackrocks Brewery on November 2nd as a way to engage with their supporters as well as with new faces.
All are welcome to attend the event and the festivities begin at 6pm with a short meeting with YDWP’s Board of Directors. The Board will discuss changes to bylaws as well as highlight the year’s activities. Afterwards, the evening will progress as an open house where people are invited to talk with the group, check out their display, and try out the forest inspired beer that Blackrocks Brewery has specially created for YDWP.
“Aqua Vitae” will be an ale accented with hops and cedar tips that were collected from forests in the Yellow Dog watershed. A name for cedar is Arbor Vitae, which equates to tree of life, so the beer takes its name from this concept but becomes Aqua Vitae, which is water of life. The brew will be made with all Michigan ingredients and for each pint sold, $1 will be donated to YDWP to fund their programs.
Entertainment will include a short film by Wonderquest Films that will be premiered on the brewery’s big screen during the course of the evening. The film will feature clips of the work that YDWP does as well as the places the group protects. There will also be live music throughout the evening. A 50/50 raffle and merchandise will be available to raise additional funds for watershed protection.
For more information, check out YDWP’s Facebook page.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that Eagle Mine, LLC. Is requesting the leasing of minerals from various agencies in Marquette, Baraga, Iron, and Houghton County. Of the 15,274 acres that the company is requesting rights for development, 40 acres are in the Yellow Dog watershed.
Located in Section 20 (the NW ¼ of the NW ¼), this parcel is part of the Yellow Dog Plains ecosystem. The parcel is forested primarily with jack pine stands of various ages. These stands are critical habitat for the federally endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. These small birds travel to the Upper Peninsula annually and have summer habitat in these areas. This parcel is also roughly ½ mile away from the Yellow Dog River, a cold water trout stream prized for its natural beauty. More…
On June 17th and 18th, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve hosted their first ever BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a rapid survey of a particular area done by citizen scientists and volunteers. They are fun and educational events that supply critical data for groups like YDWP. Good information results in quality management decisions for protected areas like the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. More…
On August 10th, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host “Deer Camps to Grand Camps” – an event featuring a slideshow by photo historian Jack Deo. Deo will share some of the greatest and funniest photos from his 40 year collection of regional classic deer camps. The latter part of the show will highlight the “Grand Camps” of Marquette County, including Cyrus McCormick’s White Deer Lake, cabins at the Huron Mountain Club, and color photos of Granot Loma Lodge that have never been shown.
Bio Blitz at The Community Forest June 17th & 18th –
Join us for the first ever BioBlitz at the new Yellow Dog River Community Forest on June 17th and 18th. A BioBlitz is a rapid survey of an area’s biological features conducted by citizen scientists and volunteers. The event will be a fun way for people to get outdoors and meet others who are interested in learning about our native ecosystems and its inhabitants. It is a chance to sharpen your outdoor skills while exploring parts of the Community Forest that are off the beaten path. We need volunteers to help conduct the survey, both experts and novices!
Volunteers will collect information about the various plant and animal species found in the Community Forest and YDWP will use the information to create a baseline database. Over time, the trends in the data can alert the community to any changes in the types and numbers of species present on the property. This data will help YDWP and the community be very informed stewards of the Forest. More…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.