An autumn scene of Bushy Falls on the Yellow Dog River near Big Bay. A popular destination for waterfall hunters in Marquette County, the falls is located in the Yellow Dog River Watershed Preserve. (Tom Buchkoe photo)

By Jim Pennell

In 1995, a dozen residents of northern Marquette County got together to talk about preserving the natural beauty of the land around the Yellow Dog River. That small group of locals has now grown into the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP), a non-profit headquartered in Big Bay with hundreds of members all over the world.

“It started with an area of state land close to some waterfalls that was in danger of losing public access,” said Rochelle Dale, one of the founding members and YDWP’s current program administrator. “We formed the group as an effort to keep these areas in pristine condition and open to the public, not only now but in the future, so our children, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren could visit these areas and find them in the same condition as when we enjoyed them.”…

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