About Bear Yuba Land Trust
Since 1991 Bear Yuba Land Trust (formerly Nevada County Land Trust) has been committed to land conservation and stewardship to sustain our region’s quality of life which is uniquely tied to our natural resources – our community’s prosperity. During that time, volunteers have worked passionately to protect the natural, agricultural, recreational, historic and scenic values of lands within the Sierra Foothills.
Bear Yuba Land Trust has successfully conserved more than 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat, forests, rangelands and riparian corridors. We’ve built 22 miles of community trails and created about 250 acres of publicly accessible open space. Nearly 1,000 people take advantage of our guided trekking program and we offer about 200 kids a youth education program designed to inspire the next generation of land stewards.
Our mission is clear: Bear Yuba Land Trust exists to create a balance between nature and the needs of the people who make a life and a livelihood here. This is our home. Our mission is to enrich the deep community connection with our land — today, tomorrow, and forever.
In October of 2009 the Land Trust received national accreditation through our national oversight body, Land Trust Alliance. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The accreditation seal lets the public know that the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.
Land Trust Movement
The first conservation easements in the United States were reportedly written in the late 1880s to protect parkways in the Boston area, and in 1891 the first land trust was formed.
Since then the number of land trusts has steadily increased, with most forming in the last 25 years. The number of new local and regional trusts formed from 1998 to 2003 doubled, from 743 to 1,537, while an enormous amount of land also moved into conservation easements – an increase of 1,624 percent. Today, easements have been used in every state and protect more than 37 million of acres of land.
Working to save America's land heritage
The nation's nonprofit land trusts operate independently of government. Community-based land trusts are experts at helping interested landowners find ways to protect their land through donation and purchase, by working with landowners who wish to donate or sell conservation easements (permanent deed restrictions that prevent harmful land uses), or by acquiring land outright to maintain working farms, forests, wilderness, or for other conservation reasons.
The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. LTA is the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,800 land trusts across America. Its goals are to dramatically expand the pace of land conservation (through tax incentives), build strong land trusts through the accreditation process, to defend the permanence of conservation easements and to ensure that the work of land trusts is as strategically directed as possible.
Bear Yuba Land Trust is an active member of the Land Trust Alliance. For more information on Land Trusts in the United States, visit the Land Trust Alliance at www.lta.org