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

grants,Land Preservation

Yellow Dog River Community Forest Project Unveiled

15 Jun , 2015  

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

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.

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

Yellow Dog Falls, also known as Hills Falls, are part of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

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…

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The Battle of Invasive vs Native Plants in the U.P.

29 Jan , 2015  

The Battle of Invasive vs Native Plants in the U.P.

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and partner organizations will share the successes and challenges in combating invasive species. Please join us in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center Workshops 3 and 4 (in the basement of the Peter White Public Library) to hear news from the front lines of conservation in the central Upper Peninsula. Free and open to the public. Call (906) 345-9223 to reach Yellow Dog office for more information.

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Citizen Action,Sulfide Mining

UNDISCLOSED FUNDING FOR CR595 LAWSUIT

26 Jan , 2015  

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The Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) unanimously agreed to sue the EPA for upholding its objections to the proposed County Road 595 a haul road for the Eagle Mine. This decision occurred during a closed session portion of a public meeting held on January 19th, 2015. The EPA will need to use public funding to hire lawyers to continue to defend their decision and our local environment. Our misguided local road commission’s agenda does not serve the needs of citizens, only corporations and agencies who profit from this excess development at whatever cost. The MCRC will not publicly disclose the source of funds for the lawsuit. More…

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Citizen Action,Sulfide Mining,Water Quality

Water Withdrawal Incident in Big Bay

26 Jan , 2015  

Big Bay, Michigan

Big Bay residents contacted the Yellow Dog office on January 19, 2015 during the morning hours for concerns about a withdrawal or possible unregulated discharge into saturated areas adjacent to the Dam Road on the north side of Lake Independence. The residents observed a tanker truck with L & H Industrial insignia with a pump and hose in a ditch. L & H is a global mining parts manufacturing company. Residents took photos, and observed the site where green liquid had been spilled in the ditch and all over the ground. YDWP investigated further. More…

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Sulfide Mining

No News from DNR Minerals Management Office

17 Dec , 2014  

Yellow Dog teamed up with Save the Wild UP, and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to gather over 1,400 letters, signatures and comments in support of our letter urging the DNR to reject the mineral lease application to Eagle Mine LLC. The DNR has been provided this information but has not yet stated whether or not they will grant the lease. More…

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Sulfide Mining,Uncategorized

Eagle Mine Truck Accident on County Road 550

17 Dec , 2014  

Ore spilled on the ground during the accident.

Marquette, MI – In the early morning hours of Saturday December 13, 2014 a truck hauling nickel and copper ore from Eagle Mine facility on the Yellow Dog Plains left the roadway and overturned in a ditch. Thankfully, no one was injured, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, and Marquette area emergency response teams were quick to arrive on the scene. The truck was owned by MJ Van Damme Trucking but operating for Lundin Mining Company under contract. More…

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