Yellow Dog Plains
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The Yellow Dog Plains is an area north and west of Marquette, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, United States. The Yellow Dog River flows through it, as does the Salmon Trout River. The Salmon Trout River is unique in that it has a breeding population of coasters, a potamodramous form of brook trout. Coasters are virtually extinct from their native range on the south coast of Lake Superior, except for the Salmon Trout River. The Yellow Dog Plains is a remote and virtually untouched wilderness, aside from large scale logging operations. There are extensive forests of Eastern white pine, with reports of some of the trees in the Yellow Dog Plains reaching heights of 31 meters.
Kennecott Minerals Corporation, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, is currently considering opening a nickel-copper mine in the Yellow Dog Plains. The plan, called the Eagle Project by Kennecott, has garnered both local support and opposition. Proponents claim that the mine would produce jobs, while the opposition claims the mine would produce irreversible environmental damage.
- Barnes, Burton V., & Wagner, Warren H., Jr. (2004). Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of the Great Lakes Region, p. 86. The University of Michigan Press.
- Information about opposition to the Kennecott Eagle Project
- The Eagle Project Website
- Michigamme Highland regional landscape
- Michigan DEQ Eagle Project web pages
- Save the Wild UP
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