The world needs people who can transform unwanted, useless byproducts into something amazing and useful. It is easy to tear down and destroy but it takes real skill and determination to build something awesome. Our quick fix prescription society produces an unbelievable amount of waste. We need to get smarter and more creative about reducing, reusing and recycling.
A series of winter storms in the Sierra Nevada foothills have left many local trails a mucky mess. To avoid trail widening, unnecessary erosion, soil damage, higher maintenance costs and labor demands, the trails crew at Bear Yuba Land Trust is asking the community to be responsible trail users when the ground is water logged and muddy.
I love this county for all the unique characters that call this place home. When I am walking around I like to people watch, and I wonder if I will ever get to a place where I am not surprised anymore. I recently had an experience on the trail that emphatically answered that question with a resounding “no”.
When I was going through the interview process with Bear Yuba Land Trust I participated in several trial work days. I mostly worked on the two mile Black Swan Trail and it was a great learning experience. At that time only locals and people with permission were allowed to be out there.
As a Trails Coordinator with Bear Yuba Land Trust, I get the opportunity to go out in nature and explore our county quite a bit. I organize and host volunteer work parties that cover a range of activities. We do everything from trail layout, to building trails, to hanging up signs, or even cleaning up a cartel grow site.
Communities need trails and trails need the community. We have many miles of trails here in Nevada County and it is one of the reasons that this area is such a desirable place to live. Trails maintain our rural and scenic way of life. They provide recreational opportunities and help keep us healthy and happy. Trails increase property values, support broad user groups, and are free for everyone to use.
Hikers, runners, bicyclists, birders, equestrian riders and more can now show support for their favorite local trails while grabbing a coffee or bite to eat thanks to an ongoing nonprofit program at Summer Thyme’s Bakery and Deli.
Two events this week are poised to push Nevada County trails past the “tipping point” from a loosely organized grassroots effort to a unified system with county leadership.
Once again a generous local donor has come forward with an inspiring challenge – to double every dollar you give to build local trails, up to $40,000. Big gifts, small gifts… all are important in this effort.