Join YDWP staff, volunteers, and Board to the annual Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Clean Up. This year we will be cleaning up Squaw Beach in Big Bay on September 19, 2009 at 11am. Participants interested should call our office and let us know you are coming at 906-345-9223. Past years have been very successful in that we collect alot of garbage that would eventually end up in Lake Superior! Please take a day for some civic duties. Light refreshments will be provided.
Part 3 of the Great Lakes Walk, Paddle, and Roll will commence on August 29nd with a bike ride of 20 miles. Join your favorite Yellow Dog friends and Save the Wild UP for a mountain bike ride through the Yellow Dog Watershed with a tour leader. Come just for the fun of it or donate to bike at www.firstgiving.com/yellowdog or www.firstgiving.com/savethewildup. This fundraiser is in conjunction with Freshwater Future and proceeds will be directed to our group as well as other watershed activists in the Great Lakes basin. it is a great way to do your part! Call 906-345-9223 (YDWP office) or 906-228-4444 (SWUP office) for more information.
Join fellow earth lovers for the 2nd annual Protect the Earth event. This year’s event begins August 1st at noon on the campus of Northern Michigan University in the Whitman Building. The first day will hold speakers such as Eric Hansen, Laura Furtman, and Al Gedicks along with dancing, music, and film. Protect the Earth continues August 2nd with a unified Walk to Eagle Rock. All interested should follow the signs from Marquette to the Clowery Bridge along the Yellow Dog River on the plains. Participants will walk to the rock and have a lunch. Speakers will continue until 2pm. In addition, a memorial to Fred Rydholm will commence at 2pm until 4pm.
14th annual meeting and Celebrate the Yellow Dog to be held on June 20th, 2009 at Mike and Mary’s on the River off CR 550.
Set up your tent, play games and take hikes to the river.
5:00pm Potluck Dinner
6:00pm Kids Open Mic
7:00pm Live music by Troy Graham, Gratiot Lake Road from Houghton, and others
dark – wee hours – jam around the campfire
Keg o’ beer available – accepting donations
Please bring weather appropriate clothing, potluck dish, table service for your family, beverage of choice, camp chair if you want, bug dope, etc…
The Humboldt Mill proposed decision has passed the dates set by the DEQ and below is DEQ Jim Sygo’s response to Michelle Halley’s query as to what is happening.
“There was a need for additional information as a result of the staff’s review and that has now been requested. Until that information is provided, a preliminary decision will not be provided. Some of the information to be provided may also necessitate contractor expertise which may also take some time to line up. Finally we do have a request form Kennecott to More…
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April 20, 2009
Contact: Michelle Halley – NWF – 906-361-0520
Judge re-opens challenge to mining company lease
MDNR lease of state land to Kennecott to be reconsidered
(LANSING, MI) – A Lansing judge will now examine the validity of a surface land lease granted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company, the court announced on Thursday. This decision reverses the judge’s March 3 dismissal of the same challenge. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield granted a motion by the National Wildlife Federation and its partners to reconsider the question of whether the MDNR violated its “Public Trust responsibility” when it granted a surface lease to KEMC. More…