Many changes in the law and political maneuvering may have a strong impact on the watershed via mining operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior administrators, who are politically appointed, are rolling back or blocking laws, increasing the hunt for minerals, and easing accessibility of those minerals to those who may exploit them. Read below for more information.
The battle between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Marquette County Road Commission concluded on March 20th in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court over County Road 595, the proposed road leading from Eagle Mine to Humboldt Mill. For those who need a refresher, the permit for CR 595 was submitted to the MDEQ in 2012 and as part of the review process, the U.S. EPA issued objections to the project based on the Clean Water Act. Long story short, the MDEQ did not issue the permit and the process then transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Over twenty years ago, Mike Davis led the first Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve sponsored ski trip in the McCormick Wilderness Area and the headwaters of the Yellow Dog River. We skied the whole day through the series of lakes and portages—Lower and Upper Baraga, Clear, White Deer. The trip covered many miles, and we arrived back at our vehicles long after dark, but Mike always knew where we were going. He led the YDWP this same way. He was instrumental in forming the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve as a 501c3 organization, was elected as our first Chairman of the Board in 1995 and served for five years. Even after he retired from this position, he remained a loyal supporter, friend, and most importantly, a trusted and wise advisor.
Since that first ski, Mike led other trips along the Yellow Dog River, and YDWP has tried to make a watershed ski outing an annual event. They are exhilarating, often challenging, and always an adventure. Join us on March 3 for the ski along the river and into the community forest in memory of Mike.
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…
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…
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…