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


8 Aug , 2014  

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  

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  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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Citizen Action,Education & Outreach,grants,Land Preservation,programs,Water Quality

Non-Native Invasive Species Removal in the McCormick Wilderness Area

17 Sep , 2013  

In July 2013, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve staff began guiding volunteers and field crews from partner organizations in to the McCormick Wilderness Area, a part of the Ottawa National Forest. This area is a 17,000 acre tract of rugged, rocky and hard-to-reach federal wilderness which straddles the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds. The YDWP received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to remove Eurpean Swamp Thistle and replant with native seed purchased from the Ottawa National Forest in wetlands and along trails as a part of the McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration project. More…

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