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.

BYLT seeks local contractor to bid on repairs of Rush Creek Ramp

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

UC Research Forest Lands Expand with Donation

The first of three large land donations from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to the University of California has been officially transferred, expanding UC’s research forest lands by 1,459 acres. Named the “Grouse Ridge Forest” after the dominant feature of the property, the land is located on three parcels in the headwaters of the Yuba River in Nevada County.

Bear Yuba Land Trust and Folk Trails Hiking Club Launch 52 Hike Challenge

Inspired by the 52 Hike Challenge, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and Folk Trails Hiking Club (FTHC) are teaming up in 2017 to encourage Nevada County residents to venture outdoors, hit the trail and explore miles of hiking opportunities found in their own backyard.

Hank Meals leads hike at Black Swan for Bear Yuba Land Trust

Join local historian, archaeologist and celebrated hiking author Hank Meals for this special trek of the New Year exploring the history and culture of BYLT’s Black Swan Preserve and surrounding Deer Creek watershed.

Another High Country Conservation Easement for Bear Yuba Land Trust

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.

BYLT awarded funds for forest health plan in Yuba River watershed

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.

BYLT shines a light on conservationist Aldo Leopold during film screening

oin Bear Yuba Land Trust for a film screening of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time” a documentary that sheds light on the conservationist’s career and his profound influence on the modern environmental movement.

Poison Oak, Snakes, and Ticks…Oh My!

Avoid the plants. Learn how to identify poison oak in all seasons. Stay on cleared pathways. Keep pets from running through wooded areas so that the poison oak oils don’t accidentally stick to their fur, which you then might touch. Wear protective clothing.

Land News – Fall 2016

Over the past five years, the Bear and Yuba Watersheds have captured my heart and soul. From the vast oak woodlands of Wild Rock Ranch and Garden Bar Preserve in southern Nevada County to the breathtaking vistas of Fordyce Lake and Upper Rock Lake in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, the fact is, we live in an amazing place.