Grand Opening of Black Swan Trail

DSC_0739.JPGJoin Bear Yuba Land Trust for the grand opening of the Black Swan Trail near the town of Smartsville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

A year ago BYLT’s trail volunteers and a crew from AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps finished a two-mile trail that loops around the Black Swan pond. Though a larger parking area is still being developed, Bear Yuba Land Trust is excited to share this beautiful trail with the community in a public grand opening. This time of year, the Black Swan Preserve is filled with wildflowers.

A short dedication will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a guided hike. Hikers can come and go any time and hike the trail on their own. For those who want to learn about BYLT, this is an opportunity to chat with staff who will be set up at the pond with information, maps and future trail plans. This is a free, no registration required event.

Read more here: Black Swan Preserve Trail Opening


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Join Bear Yuba Land Trust as we honor our 25th anniversary with the grand opening of the first completed section of the Yuba Rim Trail at Rice's Crossing Preserve. Mark your calendar for this Walk on the Wildside event celebrating both BYLT's birthday and Earth Day on Saturday, April 18. More details coming soon. 

Other fun anniversary events coming up in 2015:

  • March 28 - Grand Opening of Black Swan Preserve
  • May 8 - Land For Farms Farm Dinner
  • May 30 - "Celebration of Trails"
  • Aug 23 - Anniversary Dance Party with Pete Escovedo
  • Sept 12 - Family BBQ at Burton Homestead

In addition, BYLT is bringing back the introductory BYLT membership rate of $35. There's no better time to be involved with Bear Yuba Land Trust.

Together we can Save Land. Build Trails. Encounter Nature.


IMBA is coming to town!

support_imba.jpgInternational Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/ IMBA Trail Care Crew is coming to Grass Valley and teaming up with Bear Yuba Land Trust to teach people proper trail building technique during a free two day training session Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4.

Learn more here.

Register here.

Photo credit: IMBA


owl_03.gif  Treks for the Mind 

Join BYLT for a book club for nature lovers! Our next  featured book is Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, May 4.

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Introducing Clover Valley Preserve

DSC_0975.JPGBordering the community of Alta Sierra on 35 acres located off of Brewer Road, Bear Yuba Land Trust's newest property, Clover Valley Preserve, is a lovely example of oak and mixed conifer forests. South Wolf Creek bisects the length of the landscape, providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life.

In December, the property was generously donated to BYLT for the purpose of protecting the land from development forever. With the Clover Valley donation, Bear Yuba Land Trust has secured ten Preserves, totaling nearly 4,000 acres.

Read the full press release here


 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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