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

Events,Sulfide Mining

Protect the Earth/Rydholm Memorial

28 Jul , 2009  

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.



YDWP Annual Meeting this weekend!

19 Jun , 2009  

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…

Sulfide Mining

Humboldt Decision Passes Deadline

19 Jun , 2009  

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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Sulfide Mining

MDNR case re-opened

28 Apr , 2009  


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…




28 Apr , 2009  

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve logo

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is an environmental organization comprised of grassroots individuals who take environmental ethics to heart. We focus on informing the public about the watershed, conducting sound science, and protecting the resources from threats like sulfide mining. There are many pressures on the rivers and forests and we strive to balance the need for wild places with the necessities of humankind. This truly is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in the eastern United States.

Our watershed is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Baraga and Marquette County. It runs free and clean through wild country until it eventually reaches Lake Superior. This is how we want it to stay. Please take a look through our site and consider becoming a member or donating to help our mission.