Help protect Open Spaces and Wild Places.
We live in an amazing place, from the vast oak woodlands of the lower Bear River to the stunning forested vistas of Fordyce Lake in the high Sierra Nevada mountains.
Our watersheds – the three forks of the Yuba River and the Bear River are within a unique “biodiversity hotspot.” This region not only provides ample recreational opportunities but also provides refuge for a vast array of wildlife and plant species endemic to our region. BYLT’s mission is to protect this rich biodiversity and the exceptional natural resources here.
BYLT now holds more than 12,000 acres in conservation easements and preserves with an additional 12,000 acres of upper watershed lands on tap in coming years. With our conserved lands now ranging from elevations over 8,000 feet to the valley floor at 200 feet, we are monitoring and recording the broad effects that water, or the lack of it, has on our landscapes. It is clear that as the climate continues to change, we must create better resilience in our lands to continue to support the exceptional biodiversity found here.
Conserving PG&E land in the high Sierra “checkerboard” around important headwaters reservoirs was a major effort at BYLT in 2017 and will continue into 2018. We have permanently stopped further landscape fragmentation, initiated forest habitat stewardship, and ensured continued public recreational uses; however, prohibiting development is only half the task. The habitat restoration and enhancement work at Rice’s Crossing Preserve and Garden Bar Preserve, and active stewardship of all our protected land are equally important.
Our watersheds thrive because of YOUR SUPPORT and the efforts of BYLT to secure funding for land conservation. Future generations will surely be thankful.
Donate to Land and Save What You Love:
- Wildlife Habitat
- Native Plants
- Oak Woodlands
- Mixed Conifer Forests
- Sierra Nevada Headwater Lands
- Farms and Ranches
- Pollinator Gardens
- Regenerative Rangeland