Dead river community forest

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The proposed Dead River Community Forest will be a multi-partner collaboration that will protect and give public additional access to 186 acres of healthy, diverse riparian forest adjacent to the current Vielmetti-Peters Conservation Reserve, protecting a total of 309 acres of forested land on the edge of greater Marquette. The area has been eyed up for development of housing and high-profit timber management, but with your help, it will become a recreational and educational resource for the entire community.


UPLC has received a $90,000 grant from the US Forest Service’s Community Forest Program. So, it’s time to spread the word and start raising funds!


186 acres

This is a multi-partner collaboration that will protect and give public access to 186 acres of healthy, diverse riparian forest!

Discover the dead river community forest

goal 1

To ensure the permanent protection of 186 acres of riparian forest by acquiring two high-value conservation parcels in the Dead River Basin by spring 2021;


goal 2

To provide recreation opportunities that meet the needs and interests of the community by establishing multi-use trails and educational signage in those parcels within a year of acquisition;

goal 3

To actively engage the public in the land protection and management processes by forming genuine partnerships with diverse stakeholders throughout the acquisition, development, and ongoing management process;


goal 4

To provide opportunities for the public to establish an emotional connection with the property, which will spur a sense of communal responsibility, by hosting informational meetings and active outings on the property prior to, during, and after establishing the properties;

goal 5

To expand outdoor educational opportunities for students and landowners to experience hands-on learning about the sustainable management of various UP ecosystems/habitats throughout the acquisition, development, and ongoing management process;


goal 6

And to initiate a climate-change mitigation-focused and restoration-based Forest Management Plan for the proposed Dead River Community Forest in order to further prepare the area for the current and future effects of climate change in that area.

what can you do to help?

The creation of the Dead River Community Forest is only going to happen with your help and input!




Make a donation towards the protection of the Dead River Community Forest to help make our goals a reality. Funds raised will be used to permanently protect this land.  


Attend our upcoming meeting and events - check the public events calendar for updates. Right now, a steering committee comprised of individuals, families, and partnering organizations meets regularly to plan out the projects and discuss the future of the community forest! Join us! Lastly, give us your input on what you would like to see by taking an easy and simple online survey. Tell us what you think!


Help us spread the word! Share the what is going on at the beloved Dead River Community Forest to your family and friends, like and reshare our social media posts, or let us come to you! Are you a part of an organization, a hiking group, an employee wellness group, a community of any kind that would be interested in benefiting from this amazing protentional resource? We'll come talk to you group live in person if you want , or you can bring them to one of our events of info sessions. 

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Thank you to our current partnerships on this project

Sustainability Hub for Innovation and the Environment ("SHINE")

at Northern Michigan University

Marquette County Conservation District

UP Resource Conservation & Development Council 

Green Timber Forestry Consultants

Trout Unlimited

Fred Waara Chapter

The Nature Conservancy

Chocolay Raptor Center 

McClure Basin Association Inc.

Audubon Society

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Laughing Whitefish Chapter

Noquemenon Trail Network

North Country National Scenic Trail

Travel Marquette

Negaunee Township

Lake to Lake Cooperation Invasive Species Management Area

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition

Compass Land Consultants


Check out this waterfall, we’re going to be building a trail so you can see it in person once we own the property.


Midway creek winds its way around massive granite outcroppings on its way to the Dead River through the proposed Community Forest