YELLOW DOG WATERSHED PRESERVE INC wrote -
The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is leading an effort to purchase and protect some of the forests and waterfalls along the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The group has an opportunity to purchase 695 acres in order to establish the proposed Yellow Dog River Community Forest. “This place is important to many,” says Emily Whittaker, Special Projects Manager for YDWP. “This particular property we are aiming to purchase features the primary public access point, a hiking trail, the most visited set of waterfalls, and habitat for rare plant and animal species. It’s a high quality ecosystem that draws locals and visitors who are looking to spend time outdoors. If we don't take the opportunity to protect this place, it could be sold off to private individuals or investors. We could see public access taken away, the forest converted, and the natural features degraded.” Our group has until March 31, 2016 to raise the total cost of the project, which is $1.1 million. We currently have $875,000 raised, which includes a $150,000 matching challenge grant from a private foundation to aid in reaching their fundraising goal. Any contribution made by the deadline will be matched on a 1:1 basis up to $150,000. We are hoping to raise $50,000 from individuals via Crowdrise.
If you don't want to donate online, you can send check or cash to:
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
P.O. Box 5
Big Bay, MI 49808
Check out more about the Community Forest here
We Reached Our Goal!
Your incredible support has allowed us to move forward on purchasing the property for the Community Forest!