It might sound odd – but a local trail changed my life! Shortly after moving to Nevada County I hiked the Humbug Trail at Malakoff Diggins State Park. Along the way I met another nature lover doing a point-to-point hike who needed a ride to his car. He was John Skinner, retired Tahoe National Forest Service Supervisor. John became my hiking mentor and later introduced me to the Land Trust.
Any trail that you have walked in your life was no doubt, at least partially, sculpted by a Pulaski or a McLeod. We used these two tools extensively to build the Rambler Trail at Clover Valley Preserve. The names of these tools are esoteric, unless you fight fires or build trails. Once you are introduced to these two workhorses, you can’t forget about them.
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and the conservation community for a much anticipated twist on an old favorite – an end-of-Summer Gala to be held under the oaks at one of BYLT’s most important agricultural easements.
Jessica King and her daughter’s 4H Meadowlark Club have graciously built and donated six Western bluebird boxes to BYLT to enhance habitat at Rice’s Crossing Preserve at French Bar.
Julie Carville could hike the rest of her life in the Sierra Nevada and never go anywhere else. That is where she is most at home, among the wildflowers of Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range. “It’s so incredibly magnificent. It’s a spiritual experience,” she said.
Wendell Gilgert walks an old ranch property in Nevada County dotted with Indian grinding stones, old oak trees, seasonal streams and a large meadow. Many people coming here for the first time would marvel at the beauty of this wide-open, seemingly untouched place.