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

programs

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

Non-Native Invasive Species Removal in the McCormick Wilderness Area

17 Sep , 2013  

Christy Budnick and the European Swamp Thistle rosette.

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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grants,Land Preservation,programs

YDWP Receives National Forest Foundation Grant

13 Mar , 2013  

European Swamp Thistle Rosettes in the McCormick Wilderness Area

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to restore the health of sensitive wetlands in the McCormick Wilderness Area by removing non-native invasive plants and reseeding treated areas with native species. These wetlands provide habitat for several varieties of rare, threatened, and endangered plants and should be protected for this reason. More…

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