MUDJEKEWIS

Land Fred Rydholm worked to acquire and protect gifted to care of Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

Participants of the inaugural hike of the Mudjekewis Wilderness Area are pictured. (Chauncey Moran photo)

LOOKOUT POINT • By Elizabeth Fust
Mudjekewis is a word derived from the Anishinaabe-mowin for first born, and its origin ties it to creation tradition. This is the name that the Rydholm’s chose for their land in the Yellow Dog Plains that Fred Rydholm accumulated and preserved until his passing in 2009. Now, Mudjekewis is the name the land carries under its new ownership as a legacy gift the Rydholm family bestowed to the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.
“Part of Fred’s legacy that he wanted to pass on after he passed away was to preserve the land in perpetuity, and so our group was the natural fit because we are great in that area and Fred had interacted with our organization many times,” said Emily Whitaker, special programs manager at the preserve.
The Mudjekewis wilderness under the Rydhom’s care has been accumulating for over 50 years. Fred Rydholm was active in the community and well respected for his civic engagement and passion for nature. He was a general science schoolteacher, worked at Bay Cliff Health Camp in the 1930s, and ran the children’s program with his wife June at the Huron Mountain Club. Fred bought his first 40-acre parcel of land in the Yellow Dog Plains in 1949.
Dan Rydholm, one of Fred and June’s two sons, attests to the legacy carried by the wildlife refuge…

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