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

Events,Land Preservation,news

Newest Protected Lands Announced

11 Apr , 2019  

It is with great excitement and honor to announce the unveiling of YDWP’s newest protected lands. As of April 11, 1,000 acres on the Yellow Dog Plains will forever be known as the Mudjekewis Wildlife Refuge. The land was the legacy of C. Fred Rydholm and it was donated to our organization for the purpose of preserving wild spaces, building community awareness of the importance of nature in our lives, and keeping a bit of history alive.
To celebrate, YDWP will be hosting the inaugural hike to the Wildlife Refuge on May 26th. Participants will get to tour the grounds, hear some good “Fred” stories, and enjoy the legacy that is now here for public benefit. Space is limited to email emily@yellowdogwatershed.org to secure your spot! Visit our webpage for more information, pictures, and maps.

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Volunteer Land Monitoring Training Scheduled

8 May , 2018  

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve invites those who love the outdoors to join us for the unveiling of a new land monitoring program on June 2 in Marquette. The event aims to inform participants on how to help be caretakers of YDWP’s protected properties. In all, the organization owns and protects 1,340 acres in northern Marquette County. Originally, staff members at the Preserve monitored the properties but as the momentum grows to increase the amount of protected lands in our area, it is time to engage the community in aiding in this task.  More…

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Land Preservation,news,programs

Another 240 Acres Preserved

4 Dec , 2017  

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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2017 BioBlitz Results In

27 Jul , 2017  

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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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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Events,Land Preservation

Community Forest Permanently Protected along Yellow Dog River

17 Oct , 2016  

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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