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,Land Preservation,Water Quality

Invaders

8 Aug , 2014  

Wetland area with heavy swamp thistle infestation.

We never really decided on a name for ourselves:  Thistle Exterminators, Thistle Destroyers,   The Thistle Queens, to name a few.  We also never really thought we would still be working on this project.

In 2009, former YDWP director, Emily Whittaker, received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to do an invasive plant survey in the McCormick National Wilderness Area where the Yellow Dog River begins and where it flows for its first several miles. To our surprise, we discovered a host of invasives: yellow and orange hawk weed, birdsfoot trefoil, knapweed, and European swamp thistles. Of all these invasives, the swamp thistle was predominant.   More…

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Wilderness Wetland Restoration

24 Jul , 2014  

Field crew at White Deer Lake with Superior Watershed CUPCWMA
(L-R) Declan Shalley, Christy Budnick, Alex Ubbelohde

Yellow Dog will continue Wilderness Wetland Restoration this season starting in late July! We have done this work in 2009, 2011, and 2013 in the federal McCormick Wilderness Area and we have expanded our reach to other parts of the Yellow Dog Watershed. Our field crews will be going into the field almost every Thursday starting July 24th through September 11th to pull the non-native invasive European Swamp thistle in the Yellow Dog Watershed and restoring wetlands with native species. This project is funded by a mini-grant from the Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area as part of a larger grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. We are looking for individual volunteers, groups, families, youth organizations, and clubs to help and ask that they give us advance notice if interested (906) 345-9223 or christy@yellowdogwatershed.org.  Groups will meet at the YDWP office and then head to priority areas to begin working. We will inform you of the conditions when you contact us but in general it is best to prepare for rain or shine and bring proper hiking footwear. 

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McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration Project

9 Dec , 2013  

Field crew at White Deer Lake with Superior Watershed CUPCWMA
(L-R) Declan Shalley, Christy Budnick, Alex Ubbelohde

In 2009, with a grant from the National Forest Foundation, YDWP sent a field crew to the McCormick Wilderness Area to survey and prioritize the impact of all non-native invasive species (NNIS). The European Swamp Thistle, Cirsium palustre, had become well-established in sensitive wetland areas and was the largest threat to native ecosystems due to its tendency to crowd out other plants and reproduce rapidly. The swamp thistle was selected as the More…

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