Hugging the steep slope above the South Yuba River, Independence Trail winds through a mature forest of madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), and incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens). For decades, busloads of school children, some in wheelchairs, have come here to learn about the natural world and look for newts in Rush Creek.
For more than 40 years, Lynne Dover has been care-taking 142 acres that she and husband, Al Dover, own on Deer Creek, 3.5 miles west of downtown Nevada City.
Bear Yuba Land Trust is looking for a local contractor to repair the wood wheelchair access ramp above Rush Creek on the beloved Independence Trail. Built by the late Naturalist John Olmsted and community volunteers, the ramp has fallen into disrepair in recent years
As part of its land conservation commitment, PG&E recently donated 1,459 acres to the University of California. The transfer was immediately followed by the conveyance of a conservation easement to BYLT, permanently protecting high-country forest land and important wildlife habitat.
Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) will receive $74,550 in grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board to complete a timber management plan on approximately 2,000 acres of mixed conifer forest in the North and Middle Yuba River watersheds.
At 7,000 feet elevation in the high Sierra Nevada, three alpine lakes and 2,000 remote acres of forest and granite landscapes important to outdoor recreationists are now permanently protected by Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) on land owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
This month, California Natural Resources Agency awarded Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) $312,217 to develop multi-use, public recreation amenities for Rice’s Crossing Preserve, a 6-mile stretch of the Yuba River.
Wearing work clothes and ready to dig in the dirt, 35 community volunteers joined Bear Yuba Land Trust on Saturday, Feb. 6 to install the Native Pollinator Garden at Adam Ryan Preserve, a 37 acre property featuring meadows and forests along Dog Bar Road and Alta Sierra Drive.
Site prep is underway for a 3,000 square foot pollinator garden at Adam Ryan Preserve designed to attract native pollinators and migratory and native butterflies, becoming the first of its kind on any Land Trust property.
A new era of land conservation is dawning for Bear Yuba Land Trust as agreements with PG&E, the Stewardship Council and other agencies continue to move forward, permanently protecting iconic lakes and rivers of the Sierra Nevada.