bylt mission

Bear Yuba Land Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. With your support, the Land Trust provides a lasting community heritage by protecting and enhancing meadows, watersheds, forests, farms and ranches, trails and parks.

Bear Yuba Land Trust exists to create a balance between nature and the needs of people like you who make a life and a livelihood here. This is your home.  BYLT’s mission is to enrich your deep community connection with the land − today, tomorrow, and forever.

More Than 27 Years of Success

25 years of success bylt

A Leader – For more than 27 years, Bear Yuba Land Trust has been a conservation leader in our region, saving more than 12,000 acres of Sierra Nevada and foothill forests, oak woodlands, meadows, riparian habitat, farms and ranches. Our professional trails team has worked with community volunteers to build more than 30 miles of local trails. Each year BYLT fills a recreation gap by encouraging hundreds of people to get outdoors and enjoy nature by providing numerous opportunities to do so with the highest quality adventure and learning programs.

Experienced Team – Our land stewardship team is made up of biologists, botanists and foresters who live here, are invested in the community and care about the land. Each year, the team keeps careful record of the geology, plants and animals on the BYLT preserves and conservation easements we feel honored to monitor.

Local – The Bear Yuba Land Trust team is made up of a small staff and board, hundreds of devoted members, volunteers and community sponsors who together are dedicated to preserving this place we call home. BYLT supports the economic stability of our community by keeping working landscapes like farms, ranches and forestlands viable.

Collaboration – BYLT works with willing landowners, other nonprofit organizations and YOU to permanently protect critical landscapes through voluntary conservation easements, fee acquisitions, and other strategies. Bear Yuba Land Trust follows an American tradition of local land trusts which began in the mid-1800s, joining the efforts of over 1,800 local land trusts nationwide.