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,programs

Final Comment Period for Community Forest

26 Jan , 2017  

Planning is almost complete for the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project. We have now conducted two public planning sessions, one online survey, and over 10 Community Forest Committee meetings to create the draft Yellow Dog River Community Forest Plan. We now open the last comment period for public input and you have until February 6th to provide your thoughts on the future management of the area. We want to hear from you! For ease of review, please download the Plan Components. This document contains the Community Forest Purpose Statement, Goals/Objectives, Zone Descriptions, Zoning Map, and link to an online survey where you can provide your input. Please contact us if you have any questions at (906)345-9223 or emily@yellowdogwatershed.org.

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Community Forest Planning Session Two

6 Dec , 2016  

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has scheduled the final Community Forest Planning Session for December 6th, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. This planning session will focus on developing a roadmap for achieving the community’s desired goals as well as designing methods for keeping the newly created Yellow Dog River Community Forest protected on a long term basis. More…

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Events,Land Preservation

Community Forest Permanently Protected along Yellow Dog River

17 Oct , 2016  

Eyeball Falls by Chauncey Moran

As of September 29th, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve took ownership over 688 acres of northern forest along the beautiful Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The group spearheaded a campaign to create a protected area called the Yellow Dog River Community Forest which will result in ensuring permanent public access this important area, fending off development pressures, and maintaining the property as a forested, natural landscape. More…

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Land Preservation,news,programs

Community Forest Purchase Moves Steadily Forward

1 Apr , 2016  

Photo by William Malmsten of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest

By March 31, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve successfully raised the funds for the purchase of 695 acres of forest in northern Marquette County. Through donations, grants, and foundation support, the group had raised $1,096,397 dollars, which is enough to move forward with the sellers of the property.

“We are amazed at the amount of support from local, statewide, and national sources that came in to help our community create this important natural asset,” says Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager for YDWP. “The amount raised represents 99.7% of our original goal and we now have enough to purchase the property, so the landowners and YDWP are moving forward. More…

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Citizen Action,Fundraising,Land Preservation

Patagonia Prize for Best Fundraising Team Member

24 Feb , 2016  

Wouldn’t it be cool to get $1,300 worth of brand new Patagonia gear AND help keep the Yellow Dog River protected? Yup, thought so. Join the effort to raise funds for the Yellow Dog River Community Forest by visiting our Crowdrise page and clicking Join the Team. You can sign up for your own fundraising page, customize it with photos, and share why you think establishing a protected area along the river would be a good idea. You will then be ready to roll and can start reaching out to your “crowd” for support. The whole idea of crowdsourcing is getting everyone involved and using your supporters network of friends and family to leverage support for important causes. The team member who raises the most by March 31 will get the goods. Our goal for crowdsource fundraising is $50,000! The gear package can be tailored to your interest and size! A huge thanks to Patagonia for always supporting our work!

You could rock this winter jacket by helping YDWP!

You could rock this winter jacket by helping YDWP!

 

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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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