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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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
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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.
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…
We never really decided on a name for ourselves: Thistle Exterminators, Thistle Destroyers, The Thistle Queens, to name a few. We also never really thought we would still be working on this project.
In 2009, former YDWP director, Emily Whittaker, received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to do an invasive plant survey in the McCormick National Wilderness Area where the Yellow Dog River begins and where it flows for its first several miles. To our surprise, we discovered a host of invasives: yellow and orange hawk weed, birdsfoot trefoil, knapweed, and European swamp thistles. Of all these invasives, the swamp thistle was predominant. More…
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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