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.
Do you love birds or birdwatching? Want to see wild songbirds up close, in hand? Join BYLT in our efforts to better understand local bird populations through bird-banding research with the Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program.
Bear Yuba Land Trust urges everyone to exercise extreme caution this time of year when recreating outdoors where high temperatures and melting snow pack in the Sierra Nevada create potentially life-threatening conditions in creeks and rivers.
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), outdoor recreationists and trail supporters next week for the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!
The easement would ensure that the land will be protected from any future development, and will remain designated for ranching or other agriculture practices. It would also be the first easement that Bear Yuba Land Trust purchases through the California Department of Conservation.
Five years of drought has killed many trees and made others more susceptible to bark beetles. Upwards of 62 million trees died in 2016, according to the United States Forest Service (USFS), which performs aerial surveys of forest land.
This week, local Attorney Michael V. Nudelman agreed to settle with BYLT in a lawsuit for the unauthorized cutting of several large growth trees – over a century old – on Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve in Nevada City.
BYLT will recognize Ted Beedy as a lifetime conservationist with the “William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership” during the annual Oak Tree Bash on March 14. BYLT will also recognize Ron Mathis and Warren Wittich with the the “John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award”.
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.