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in its most natural state for the use of the public,
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Land Preservation,news,programs

Another 240 Acres Preserved

4 Dec , 2017  

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Our community can now count another 240 acres of land in the Yellow Dog watershed as permanently protected and forever open to the public. YDWP recently became the new owners and caretakers of the property which is along the Yellow Dog River in Champion Township. It is a magnificent parcel that we are honored to hold.

The new property is directly adjacent and upstream from our Pinnacle Falls Tract, which is a 40 acre parcel that was purchased by YDWP in 2002. The property originally was owned by the Mead Paper Company who sold it to James and Barbara Kidder in 2000. The Kidders held it for 16 years as part of a larger holding of over 800 acres. “We’re glad YDWP is the new owners and that the transfer is complete,” states Jim and Barbara Kidder. The Nature Conservancy will hold a Conservation Easement on the property, which will provide additional protection. “Working with partner organizations such as Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is crucial in The Nature Conservancy efforts to preserve biological diversity across the whole of Earth.  These groups are essential and expand our work at the local, grass roots level for they can inspire and engage local communities to connect people with nature in an effort to preserve our disappearing landscape,” says Jeff Knoop, U.P. Director of Land Protection for the Nature Conservancy. More…

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Education & Outreach,Events,Fundraising

Forest Inspired Beer for the Annual Meeting

11 Oct , 2017  

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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. More…

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Citizen Action,Education & Outreach,Sulfide Mining

More State Land Up for Mineral Development

29 Jul , 2017  

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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…

Citizen Action,Education & Outreach,Events,Land Preservation,programs,Volunteering

2017 BioBlitz Results In

27 Jul , 2017  

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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…

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Education & Outreach,Events,Fundraising

From Deer Camps to Grand Camps

17 Jul , 2017  

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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. 
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Education & Outreach,Events,Volunteering

BioBlitz at the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

2 May , 2017  

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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…

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