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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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Yellow Dog River Community Forest Project Unveiled

15 Jun , 2015  

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve recently unveiled a project that would permanently protect forest and river in northern Marquette County through the creation of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. The group has been working since 2013 to acquire property along the Yellow Dog River in strategic areas, some which contain habitat for rare species and public access for recreation. “The Yellow Dog River Community Forest is important to preserve and protect natural habitat and public recreation opportunities. As an avid fisherman, securing public access to the river is important to many,” says Jerry Maynard of the Marquette chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

Maynard is part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest Committee, which was assembled to help build a long term team of stakeholders that will design and oversee the management of the property. “The Community Forest Committee is a strong network of groups that will help lead the process. We will create a Community Forest Plan by reaching out to the community at large and ask for their vision and input. We really want to make this a project that provides a wide variety of benefits to those who use the area,” says Jim Nankervis, Ishpeming Township Supervisor and member of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest Committee.

Upon completion, the project aims to protect up to 695 acres of forest, wetland, and granite mountains as well as 5.0 miles of river/tributary. The total cost of the project is $1.1 million. Recently, The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve was awarded a grant for $400,000 from the Community Forest and Open Spaces Program, which is a program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, the group has raised $225,000 in cash and $35,000 in donated real estate to cover the project cost. “We still need to continue our fundraising efforts to reach our goal,” says Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve. “Now that the project has been unveiled, we will be holding fundraising events, writing additional grants, and more. This year marks our organization’s 20th anniversary and we feel very fortunate to finally have this opportunity to ensure its future as a beautiful, scenic river.” More…

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve to Receive Funding from Healing Our Waters

7 Apr , 2014  

Yellow Dog River Eroding Streambank

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been notified of a recent grant award from the Healing Our Waters Coalition healthylakes.org to support the preserve’s efforts to restore an eroding stream bank in the Yellow Dog River. The grant amount is $15,000 to plan, secure permits, collaborate with partners, monitor the site, and seek restoration funding to reduce the flow of sediment entering the water at a site near Bear Lake beginning in May 2014. More…

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Non-Native Invasive Species Removal in the McCormick Wilderness Area

17 Sep , 2013  

Christy Budnick and the European Swamp Thistle rosette.

In July 2013, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve staff began guiding volunteers and field crews from partner organizations in to the McCormick Wilderness Area, a part of the Ottawa National Forest. This area is a 17,000 acre tract of rugged, rocky and hard-to-reach federal wilderness which straddles the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds. The YDWP received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to remove Eurpean Swamp Thistle and replant with native seed purchased from the Ottawa National Forest in wetlands and along trails as a part of the McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration project. More…

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Patagonia Environmental Grant Awarded to Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

23 May , 2013  

Yellow Dog Tributary

The Yellow Dog River Watershed Planning Project continues with $3,000 from Patagonia’s Environmental Grants Program. This community planning project will determine the goals and priorities of the Yellow Dog River watershed. The main task is to create a document called a watershed management plan (WMP) that will be approved by the DEQ to define the actions needed to protect the watershed from known and potential pollutants and to restore the watershed in More…

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve receives grant from Michigan Fly Fishing Club

27 Mar , 2013  

Volunteer Water Monitoring 2012

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve recently received a $2,500 grant from the Michigan Fly Fishing Club for trout habitat restoration on the Yellow Dog River. YDWP staff will work with local community volunteer organizations and sportsman’s clubs to install bank stabilization mechanisms and weirs to reduce sedimentation. Currently, sedimentation is the More…

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