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October 16, 2021 Planting Trees for Restoration and YDWP’s 26th Annual Meeting

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will again be hosting two back to back events this fall. On Saturday, October 16th in conjunction with the Fred Waara chapter of Trout Unlimited, Partners for Watershed Restoration, and the Brook Trout Subcommittee, we will head back to Lost Creek, a major feeder stream of the Yellow Dog River,…

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Thinking About Earth Day

  Nearly forty years ago, in a senior philosophy seminar, I was struck by an excerpt from Luther Standing Bear that was included in the compilation by T.C. McLuhan called Touch the Earth. As I was thinking about Earth Day 2021, this book came up in conversation. I dusted it off and started perusing the…

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YDWP 2021 Photo Contest

  Many of us navigated the months of social distancing and stay at home orders by getting outside and reconnecting with nature. Sometimes, or I should say often, I forget my camera, but on those rare occasions when I don’t, I am looking for that unusual flower, an eagle perched on its prey, or my…

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2020 Contest-Winning Essay: Teague Whalen, “My Measuring Rock”

Photo by Teague Whalen On still days, Brown, Diane, and Ward Mountain reflect in Ward Lake as I walk the trail around the shore, where each morning I take the season’s pulse. The spring teams with returning life. A flock of Canadian geese rests on their migration north. A pair of trumpeter swans float in…

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2020 Yellow Dog Annual Meeting Silent Auction

Once again the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is hosting a silent auction at this years 25th Annual Meeting! We are featuring a variety of unique handcrafted pieces made by local artisans. All pieces are custom made and materials were harvested and or collected from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you cannot join us for…

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Regeneration by Maggie Scannell

A Day in the Yellow Dog Watershed: 25th Annual Meeting and Lost Creek Tree Planting, October 17, 2020

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will be hosting two events on Saturday October 17th.   First, in conjunction with the Brook Trout Subcommittee (A subcommittee of Partners for Watershed Restoration) YDWP and BTS  members will spearhead the planting of 500 seedlings along the shores of Lost Creek, a major feeder stream to the Yellow Dog River. …

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On the River

Because of Covid19 shutdowns and restrictions, YDWP has postponed our planned education and outreach events for the summer and fall; however, we have been out on the river and in the Community Forest. Earlier this summer, YDWP received a grant from the Community Foundation of Marquette County to work on much needed trail relocation, foot…

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New Invasive in the Watershed

For many years, crews have been battling invasive plant species within the Yellow Dog Watershed including its headwaters in the McCormick Wilderness Area. Mostly, the fight has been with European swamp thistle, which spreads its tiny seeds on the wind, water, and feet. Recently, however, we discovered a new foe along the river: garlic mustard….

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Community Effort at Gateway to the McCormick

YDWP purchased the 40-acre Gateway to the McCormick property in 2011. This protected space ensures access to and parking for the Wilderness Area, preserves source water, and provides additional wildlife habitat. In summer 2019, YDWP received a grant from the Community Foundation of Marquette County to improve access to the north entrance of the Wilderness…

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The Healing and Rejuvenating Power of Nature and the Spring 2020 Essay Contest

“I’m gonna run away to that tree!”  This is my four-year-old grandson’s threat whenever things aren’t quite going his way. He reminds me of myself at that age. I would run away to the apple orchard and hide. As I got older, I went farther, to the little woods and creek at the back of…

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