Bear Yuba Land Trust exists to protect and defend the working and natural lands in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds and empower a healthy, resilient community through nature access and education. 

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. BYLT stewards a lasting community heritage by protecting and enhancing meadows, watersheds, forests, farms and ranches, trails and parks.

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2020-2024 Strategic Plan

The mission guiding BYLT’s Strategic Plan for 2020-2024 is to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River Watersheds and to empower healthy, resilient communities through nature access and education.

The Strategic Plan guides BYLT in reaching its overarching goal for the coming years, which is to continue building a sustainable organization as we strategically grow our conservation footprint and deliver a valued public benefit to our local and downstream stakeholders.


accredited land trust

Bear Yuba Land Trust is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and is recognized as a land conservation organization that meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust, and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent.


Bear Yuba Land Trust is an active member of the Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council (SCLTC).

SCLTC’s Strategic Conservation Action Plan was collaboratively developed by twenty SCLTC member organizations with generous support from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The Plan includes a web tool that helps visualize and quantify the benefits of conservation in the Sierra Cascade region.