Keeping the Yellow Dog Wild

By Scot Stewart

By Scot Stewart

by Scot Stewart

“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’

And the Woman said ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend,

because he will be our friend

for always and always and always.’”

—Rupert Brooke

Northern Marquette County is a magical, contradictory place. It has seen sacred Ojibway sites, ghost towns, gold rushes, fabulous pristine trout streams, a millionaire’s trail, Hollywood movie locations, one of the four most biologically intact sites in the Lower 48 states, a historic Henry Ford timber operation, the most well-known study of the “fool hen” (spruce grouse) and a growing nickel mine.

That place is changing quickly. The beauty of the Huron Mountains, the sandstone cliffs on Lake Superior, the Yellow Dog River and Plains and Salmon Trout River are seemingly at odds with the natural resources of this once seemingly remote place.

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP), a grassroots group in Big Bay, has developed a project, the…..

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