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

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

Volunteer Land Monitoring Training Scheduled

8 May , 2018  

And save the planet one seed at a time.

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  

Hidden falls on our Pinnacle Falls Preserve

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

2017 BioBlitz Results In

27 Jul , 2017  

Poster_Results

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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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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Education & Outreach,Events,programs,Volunteering,Water Quality

2015 Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program

30 Sep , 2015  

Volunteers and a youth adventure club learning about volunteer stream monitoring with the Yellow Dog.

Every Spring and Fall we sample 18 sites along the Yellow Dog River, Salmon Trout River and their tributaries to record data on the bugs that are calling these waterways home.  Some bugs can only survive in really clean water, while others can live in anything.  We are very fortunate here in the UP to have a large diversity of all of our bugs.  Our Fall Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program (VSMP) begins on September 29th and will run until all 18 sites are finished.  Want to learn more?  Visit our event page-  2015 Fall VSMP!

We have been sampling for over 10 years on the Yellow Dog and 3 years on the Salmon Trout.  If water quality starts changing we have these records to prove it.  All of our techniques have been learned through MiCorps. “The mission of MiCorps is to network and expand volunteer water quality monitoring organizations statewide for the purpose of collecting, sharing and using reliable data; educate and inform the public about water quality issues; and foster water resources stewardship to facilitate the preservation and protection of Michigan’s water resources.”  Visit their website MiCorps for more information.

Over the years we have been blessed with the amount of hard working individuals returning each season to dedicate their time to make this program possible!  Thank you to all the volunteers who have showed us support and excitement to ensure the completion of all sites!  You are all amazing and we could not do everything we do without each and every one of you!!!

 

 

 

Taking Measurements

Taking Measurements

 

 

 

Volunteer Training Day

Volunteer Training Day

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