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DSC_0741.JPGWhat matters to you?

Land for farms? Forests? Wildlife? Treks and trails? Nature education for youth?

Bear Yuba Land Trust cares about all of these things. That’s why in 2014, with community support, we grew from 6,000 acres to 9,000 acres of conserved lands, built miles of new trails, provided the land base for hundreds of kids to learn about nature and led more than 70 outings, treks and educational lectures.

Make a year end gift today and protect the places you cherish while supporting the kind of outdoor programming you want. Contribute today!



In Memory of John Curtis

Avid outdoorsman, mountain bicyclist and hiker of local trails, John Curtis, 54, passed away November 19 while abalone diving on the Sonoma coast. His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bear Yuba Land Trust to support trails and open space for future generations. The founder of Grass Roots Property Management had an infectious enthusiasm for life and a warm-hearted sense of generosity that endeared him to all. Full of boyish charm, John was the “fun dad” who made every day an adventure.

He is survived by his wife Melly; daughter Mattea; and son Wyatt of Grass Valley; his mother Leota (Sis) Curtis; brother Don Curtis; sister Lindy Curtis Silk; and brother Jim Curtis of Lafayette, as well as dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins.

To make a donation in memory of John, contact Jean at 272-5994 x 200 or

Read the full obituary here



Giving Back to the Litton Trail

Bear Yuba Land Trust wishes to express a huge THANK YOU to Michael Edward Bratton II Foundation, Inc. (MEB2) for their generous support of local trails. The non-profit organization donated $1,000 to rehabilitate BYLT's first public trail, the popular Litton Trail in Grass Valley. This donation will be matched as part of BYLT’s Annual Trails Appeal.

“I know it’s probably one of the most used trails around. Because of the number of runners, walkers and kids going to school I thought it would be a wonderful trail to fund,” said Mike Bratton. 

Read more here


Fall in Love with Cool Season Hiking at Black Swan 

DSC_0745.JPGWith cooler temperatures and the colors of fall, now is the perfect time of year to visit Bear Yuba Land Trust's newest two-mile trail at Black Swan.

Completed this summer, the trail weaves through Black Swan Ranch loops above the pond on a hydraulic cliff escarpment, for spectacular views. At Black Swan Pond look for waterfowl, otters, pond turtles and other aquatic life.



owl_03.gif  Treks for the Mind 

Join BYLT for a book club for nature lovers! Our next  featured book is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 12.

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 Just Say 'No' To Dog Poop on Trails! 

dogs on trail.jpgBear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) have teamed up to increase community awareness about dog poop on local trails by launching a sign-making contest for kids. Submit your entries TODAY!

Learn more and download an entry form here.  The deadline for entries is December 31, 2014!



 BYLT Acquires Six Miles of Riverfront at Rice's Crossing!


In coming years the land will boast miles of river corridor and ridge trails for hiking, bike riding and equestrian riding; provide river access for kayaking and fishing, offer hope for river and fish habitat restoration and serve as a working landscape for sustainable timber harvests and cattle grazing.

Read more here



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The BYLT Lands Team needs your help! We are in search of a vehicle donation.  Please consider a tax-deductible donation of your used truck or SUV to BYLT. Must have 4wd and the ability to pull a trailer.

For vehicle donation tax tips, click here.   

For more information contact Erin at 530-272-5994x203

 BYLT video - Get Inspired! 

We are extremely proud to present our video, "Save Lands. Build Trails. Encounter Nature," which has been posted below, on YouTube, and on our Facebook page! This shows a lot of what we do - please watch it, share it, and watch it again!


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