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Another 240 Acres Preserved

4 Dec , 2017  

Hidden falls on our Pinnacle Falls Preserve

Our community can now count another 240 acres of land in the Yellow Dog watershed as permanently protected and forever open to the public. YDWP recently became the new owners and caretakers of the property which is along the Yellow Dog River in Champion Township. It is a magnificent parcel that we are honored to hold.

The new property is directly adjacent and upstream from our Pinnacle Falls Tract, which is a 40 acre parcel that was purchased by YDWP in 2002. The property originally was owned by the Mead Paper Company who sold it to James and Barbara Kidder in 2000. The Kidders held it for 16 years as part of a larger holding of over 800 acres. “We’re glad YDWP is the new owners and that the transfer is complete,” states Jim and Barbara Kidder. The Nature Conservancy will hold a Conservation Easement on the property, which will provide additional protection. “Working with partner organizations such as Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is crucial in The Nature Conservancy efforts to preserve biological diversity across the whole of Earth.  These groups are essential and expand our work at the local, grass roots level for they can inspire and engage local communities to connect people with nature in an effort to preserve our disappearing landscape,” says Jeff Knoop, U.P. Director of Land Protection for the Nature Conservancy. More…

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Yellow Dog River Community Forest Fundraiser

13 Feb , 2016  

Hills Falls - Yellow Dog River

Help us permanently protect the waterfalls and forests along the Yellow Dog River

Join us on February 13, 2016 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5pm to 8pm for great music, food, and a great cause. Now is the time to work as a community to purchase this property and establish a Community Forest. In doing so, these natural resources will forever be protected and open to the public. Visit our website for more information about the Community Forest.

The evening will start off with food from the Marquette Food Co-op and Peace Pie Company at 5pm. YDWP will take the stage at 5:30 to give the public information about the project, the river, and the work being done to protect it. At 6:00pm, one of our favorite bands, Fauxgrass, will pack the dance floor. Throughout the night, you can visit our table for 50/50 raffle tickets, some outdoor gear items to auction off, and to gaze at some incredible local photography. You will have a chance to buy prints of photographs of the Community Forest and surrounding area, with proceeds going directly toward the purchase of the property.

And last but not least, every dollar raised at this event will be matched 1:1 by a very generous private foundation. We need to meet our fundraising goal by March 31, 2016 in order make this project happen. We are 70% of the way there and we know the community will help create the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. There is no ticket cost at the door but we will happily be accepting donations. Please contact Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager, for more information at emily@yellowdogwatershed.org or at (906)345-9223.

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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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