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

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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Citizen Action,Fundraising,Land Preservation

Patagonia Prize for Best Fundraising Team Member

24 Feb , 2016  

Wouldn’t it be cool to get $1,300 worth of brand new Patagonia gear AND help keep the Yellow Dog River protected? Yup, thought so. Join the effort to raise funds for the Yellow Dog River Community Forest by visiting our Crowdrise page and clicking Join the Team. You can sign up for your own fundraising page, customize it with photos, and share why you think establishing a protected area along the river would be a good idea. You will then be ready to roll and can start reaching out to your “crowd” for support. The whole idea of crowdsourcing is getting everyone involved and using your supporters network of friends and family to leverage support for important causes. The team member who raises the most by March 31 will get the goods. Our goal for crowdsource fundraising is $50,000! The gear package can be tailored to your interest and size! A huge thanks to Patagonia for always supporting our work!

You could rock this winter jacket by helping YDWP!

You could rock this winter jacket by helping YDWP!

 

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Yellow Dog River Community Forest Fundraiser

13 Feb , 2016  

Hills Falls - Yellow Dog River

Help us permanently protect the waterfalls and forests along the Yellow Dog River

Join us on February 13, 2016 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5pm to 8pm for great music, food, and a great cause. Now is the time to work as a community to purchase this property and establish a Community Forest. In doing so, these natural resources will forever be protected and open to the public. Visit our website for more information about the Community Forest.

The evening will start off with food from the Marquette Food Co-op and Peace Pie Company at 5pm. YDWP will take the stage at 5:30 to give the public information about the project, the river, and the work being done to protect it. At 6:00pm, one of our favorite bands, Fauxgrass, will pack the dance floor. Throughout the night, you can visit our table for 50/50 raffle tickets, some outdoor gear items to auction off, and to gaze at some incredible local photography. You will have a chance to buy prints of photographs of the Community Forest and surrounding area, with proceeds going directly toward the purchase of the property.

And last but not least, every dollar raised at this event will be matched 1:1 by a very generous private foundation. We need to meet our fundraising goal by March 31, 2016 in order make this project happen. We are 70% of the way there and we know the community will help create the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. There is no ticket cost at the door but we will happily be accepting donations. Please contact Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager, for more information at emily@yellowdogwatershed.org or at (906)345-9223.

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grants,Land Preservation,news

Challenge Grant Issued to Bolster Community Forest Fundraising

25 Jan , 2016  

YDWP is elated to announce the issuance of a matching challenge grant for $150,000 from a private foundation in support of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. The foundation will match all contributions on a 1:1 basis, up to $150,000 from now to March 31, 2016. “This level of support gave our project the boost that it needed. Before the grant, we had raised $700,000 and we needed to get to $1.1 million by our deadline of March 31, 2016. Once we raise our match for this grant, that will add another $300,000 to our total. This will get us close to reaching our goal,” says Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager for YDWP.

The proposed Yellow Dog River Community Forest, once purchased, would become a permanently protected space encompassing 695 acres along the Yellow Dog River in northern Marquette County. The forest would be cared for and managed using a Community Forest Plan, which would be created by collecting and incorporating as much public input as possible. “It is important to remember that at the end of the day, all decisions made by the community must meet the goal of the project, which is to protect the natural resources, the property, and the community’s ability to access and enjoy those resources,” says Chauncey Moran, Chairman of YDWP. Find out more about the Community Forest Project, its Natural Resources, and the Public Participation Process.

“This challenge grant comes at a perfect time, when the groundswell needs to happen and the individual can make a big difference. It’s also great for our upcoming fundraiser on February 13th at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5-8pm,” says Whittaker. Details about the fundraiser can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655854761368777/

Please consider adding to the growing financial support this project is receiving and help us meet the challenge grant. Donations are accepted via cash or check by sending it to:

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
P.O. Box 5
Big Bay, MI 49808

You can also donate online via Paypal by clicking below




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20th Annual Meeting

16 Dec , 2015  

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