Save Independence Trail

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.

Bird Banding with Allison Nelson

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.

BYLT urges river-goers to use extreme caution when recreating this time of year

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.

Community comes together to Celebrate Trails

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), outdoor recreationists and trail supporters next week for the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!

Penn Valley ranch applies for easement program

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.

Plant More Trees

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.

BYLT receives settlement in tree cutting lawsuit

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.

Land News – Winter 2017

Our 2,500 square mile watershed is an enormously diverse landscape, spanning 9,000 feet in elevation at the Sierra crest dropping to the Sacramento Valley floor 80 miles west. Biodiversity here is more complex and more numerous than almost any other place on the planet.

BYLT honors three lifetime conservationists at Oak Tree Bash

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”.

Only as healthy as the land is

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.