Executive Director Steps Down, BYLT Announces Change in Leadership

After achieving tremendous growth and increased community support, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt is stepping down after 13 years at the helm. For 11 years, Coleman-Hunt led the organization as the executive director after serving on the board of directors as secretary and fundraising chair for two years. Under her leadership,…

BYLT secures protection of 857 acres in Grouse Ridge

A new deal between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) brings exciting news for outdoor recreationists and lovers of the wild. Habitat for important mountain species are now permanently protected and some of the most popular non-motorized trails are located on the property. With the deal, 857-acres of scenic…

BYLT secures funding to conserve historic ranch in Penn Valley

Dec. 15, 2017 – Last week, the State awarded Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) $3.45 million, facilitating the second phase in the preservation of a 3,070-acre cattle ranch in Penn Valley, forever protecting one of Nevada County’s largest, historic and important agricultural lands known as Robinson Ranch. It was the largest award given by the…

“Wild grown” holiday trees for sale

Did you know you can support land conservation by purchasing a “wild grown” holiday tree from Bear Yuba Land Trust? Helen Crawford and Brent McDermott donated a truckload of beautiful trees harvested from their high elevation property, Clear Creek Preserve. Choose from white fir for $8/ per foot and red fir or “silver tip” for…

BYLT acquires Higgins Pond

BYLT is proud to announce the acquisition of the first open space preserve in the Higgins Corner area of Nevada County. Earlier this month, Bear River Recreation and Park District donated 1.23 acres of open space known as Higgins Pond Preserve to the Land Trust. Located on the corner of Combie and Armstrong Roads (Higgins…

Land Trust launches “Save Land” campaign to protect 20,000 acres by 2020

In an effort to support the natural resources that have always sustained the people, plants, and animals who live within and downstream of these watersheds, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is launching a community campaign with a timely message and call to action: “Keep It Wild. Protect Open Space. Donate to BYLT’s  Save Land campaign.”

‘Rockin’ good time’ set for this Saturday during Open Spaces & Wild Places

Buy Tickets Music has always influenced the life of Bob Mora. When he was a young man, he spent the year of 1972 – 1973 – sitting in with South Side Blues Bands and some of the greats – Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Lonnie Brooks and Carey Bell. “I’d go down to the…

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.