Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Inc.

Our Water, Our Legacy, Our Responsibility

aka YDWP, Yellow Dog, YD   |   Big Bay, MI   |  http://www.yellowdogwatershed.org

Mission

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

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is an environmental organization comprised of grassroots individuals who take environmental ethics to heart. We focus on informing the public about the watershed, conducting sound science, and protecting the resources from threats related to land use management.

Our watershed is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Baraga and Marquette County. It runs free and clean from its source at Bulldog Lake through wild country until it eventually reaches Lake Independence where another outflow, the Iron River, connects the watershed with Lake Superior.

Ruling year info

1996

Chairman

Chauncey Moran

Main address

PO Box 5

Big Bay, MI 49808 USA

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EIN

38-3251163

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Preservation

Our Land Preservation program seeks to increase land acquisition to preserve land from the threat of development, reduce erosion, preserve habitat, and open more access to land for silent recreation.

Population(s) Served

YDWP conducts bi-annual stream monitoring programs and weekly inland lake monitoring May - September as a part of the Michigan Clean Water Corps. We have also conducted professional chemical analysis of the surface waters on the Yellow Dog Plains in conjunction with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The plains monitoring has since been transferred to the U.S. Geological Survey for continuation of our established program.

Population(s) Served

YDWP reaches out to our local and regional community to provide environmental education and experience in the outdoors. We traditionally focus on youth in local districts to engage them in water quality and land use issues. We also engage a body of volunteers in our stream and lake monitoring projects. Our target populations include: university students, adults, local tribes, and females.

Population(s) Served

Bringing Community together to engage in survival wilderness and folk art through a variety of programs and workshops. Some of our workshops thus far include, building a clay earth oven, baking artisan bread, wild fermentation, mushroom and plant identification, yoga retreats, wigwam and birch bark canoe building...with more events on the horizon.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

River Network 2014

Financials

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chauncey Moran


Board co-chair

Jan Zender

Chauncey Moran

Jan Zender

Lynn Roovers

Kristi Mills

Nathan Meadows

Roy Sarosik

Nathan Meadows

Sarah Heuer

Jay Johnson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No