Erika Seward | Co-ED, Operations & Development | firstname.lastname@example.org | (530) 272-5994 x 202
Felicia Dunn | Community Engagement Coordinator | email@example.com| (530) 272-5994 x 207
Felicia grew up in Nevada County and enjoyed the beautiful natural landscapes of the Sierra Nevada foothills throughout her childhood. When deciding on which college to attend, she realized the importance of caring for the environment and decided to pursue a degree that would enable her to learn about natural processes and how to implement them on a local scale. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science: Ecological Restoration and Minors in Watershed Management and Wildland Soil Science. After graduating, she accepted an internship with BYLT through the California Council of Land Trust’s Training and Apprenticeship Program. Once the internship completed, she was offered a job with BYLT, which she happily accepted. She received her California Naturalist Certificate during the Spring 2019 course. Now, she continues to get out and explore the land by hiking or volunteering with other organizations.
Sarah West | Membership Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | (530) 272-5994 x 204
Born in Ventura, CA, Sarah grew up exploring the coast and wild areas that surrounded her. She always had a love for the outdoors and wildlife and knew she wanted a career that focused on those things. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA in 2013 with a degree in Animal Science. After graduating from Calpoly she got married and moved to Nevada County where she fell in love with the beautiful foothills. She spent some time as a zookeeper for Folsom City Zoo and she worked as a Wildlife Technician and Administrative Assistant for Gold Country Wildlife Rescue in Auburn, CA. Through these experiences, her love for wildlife and beautiful Northern California grew and she recognized the importance of promoting conservation of our local lands. She joined Bear Yuba Land Trust in May 2019. In her free time she enjoys hiking, recreational soccer, and spending time with her husband and two dogs and cats.
Shaun Clarke | Land Access Manager | email@example.com | (530) 272-5994 x 203
As an Eagle Scout, Shaun built his first trail on conservation land in his home town of Littleton Massachusetts. He earned his Associate’s degree in horticulture from SUNY Morrisville in Morrisville, New York and graduated from UMASS Amherst in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Studies. Shaun has worked for New Hampshire state parks with the Student Conservation Association and as an outdoor environmental educator with an organization called Nature’s Classroom. He worked as a farmer in small scale, organic agriculture for a decade before coming to Bear Yuba Land Trust where his career has returned full circle to nature and trails.
Bill Haire | Trails Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Haire was born in Fresno, California and raised in the small farming community of Kingsburg. He now lives in Grass Valley with his wife of 50 years, Joyce. They have two children, Mike and Jennifer. After majoring in Forest Management at Humboldt State University, Bill spent 34 years working for the Forest Service, in Mendocino, San Bernardino and Tahoe National Forests. He specialized in Recreation and Land Management and managed the trail program for the Nevada City and Downieville Ranger Districts. Bill became Trails Coordinator for Nevada County Land Trust (now Bear Yuba Land Trust) in 2003. Bill educates the community about trails, meets with groups interested in developing trails, plans trail routes that will connect to public lands, works with property owners to secure public trail easements, organizes and trains volunteer work parties to construct and maintain trails and assists the Land Trust in raising funds for the Trails Program. In 2007 Bill was awarded the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award at the California Trails and Greenways Conference for his accomplishments in trail planning, construction and maintenance, and for his work with diverse groups of trail users throughout his career.
Elias Grant | Stewardship Manager | email@example.com | (530) 272-5994 x 201
Elias Grant grew up in Bowdoin, Maine. His love of the outdoors and all things mechanical started from a very young age. Growing up, he spent much of his time outside riding bikes and hiking. As a college student, he spent two summers working on the Maine Coast Heritage Trust trail crew. Upon graduating from Warren Wilson College with a degree in sustainable forestry, he moved to California to join the AmeriCorps program and Bear Yuba Land Trust. Now, you can find him riding his motorcycle on Nevada County’s dirt roads or flying his drone over the pristine landscapes.
Chemane Borello | Conservation Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | (530) 272-5994 x 211
Chemane is from Greenwood, California. Growing up on her family’s 140-acre biodynamic farm, which sits on a canyon above the American River, led her to hold sustainable agriculture in a special place of her heart. She spent six years working for her father’s forestry business, which first started out as a horse logging operation before she was born. Chemane’s father would take her and her sisters deep into the mountains on pack horses to log with his draft horses, clearing areas such as the Pacific Crest Trail, Desolation Wilderness, and more. Chemane has lived in Nevada County since 2011 and has worked for Nevada County as an agricultural technician and with the Superintendent of Schools office doing administration, bookkeeping and accounting. She is currently attending school to obtain her Associates Degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Technology. She is an artist, adventurer, mother to her daughter Genevieve, and as real as the peel on an orange.
Sydney Tichenor | Community Engagement Assistant | email@example.com | 530-272-5994 x 209
Sydney was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and every summer she’d split her time between Virginia and South Florida. Growing up in these wild areas, many summers were spent on different trips, including a boat camp on the Chesapeake Bay and GeoCashing in Everglades National Park and other Florida State Parks. Without knowing it, these trips inspired her career path into the environmental field. At the age of 19, she moved to Florida to attend Community College to receive her associate’s degree. She then transferred to the University of Central Florida where she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science. She majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Biology and Communications, and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before becoming an AmeriCorps member with BYLT through the Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership, she served an eight-month term with the Virginia Service & Conservation Crew as a Resource Crew Member in District Five for the State Parks.
Board of Directors
Robert Smail | President
Fred Holden | Vice President
Fred has spent much of his life outdoors in California. Whether he was sailing, mountaineering, skiing, surfing, or competing in dozens of triathlons, this passion for the outdoors inspired him to devote what remained of his indoor time to preserving the natural landscapes of California. While practicing law in San Francisco for over 40 years, as a partner in leading global corporate firms, he was repeatedly listed among the top 100 lawyers in Northern California. In conjunction with his law career, Fred kept active in environmental advocacy as a member of the boards of the Marin Audubon Society, a leader in wetlands preservation and restoration, and the venerable Marin Conservation League. He now lives near Grass Valley (where his great-great grandparents immigrated to from Cornwall during the Gold Rush) and is outside more than ever, hiking, gardening and trying to make his land carbon negative and wildlife friendly.
Robin Milam | Secretary
Robin Milam is a social entrepreneur whose passion is re-aligning human consciousness and restoring natural balance. Her broad business and internet marketing experience spans IBM, American Express, AirTouch Communications and her network of small business clients. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BA from the University of Arkansas.
Working in Yellowstone National Park and leading journeys into the Amazon of Ecuador with The Pachamama Alliance ignited her passion. A global earth rights advocate, Robin has organized events around the world for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature including the launch of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. A 20 year Nevada County resident, Robin serves our community through Rotary and other organizations. As a long time volunteer and now BYLT Board Member, Robin is committed to conserving open spaces and protecting the Bear and Yuba watersheds for generations to come.
Kathryn (Katie) McCamant | Treasurer
Katie grew up hiking, fishing and skiing with her Dad in Colorado who taught her that one does their best thinking in nature. A licensed architect, now practicing as a development consultant, Katie runs her own consulting firm, CoHousing Solutions in Nevada City, consulting on environmentally and socially sustainable development all over the country. Katie has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She, along with her husband Chuck Durrett, introduced cohousing, a model for collaborative neighborhoods, to North America. Katie moved to Nevada City in 2004, after decades of driving through on her family’s way to Goodyears Bar and the North Fork of the Yuba where they spent summer vacations. She loves living so close to fabulous hiking and rivers.
Terry Hundemer | Board Member
Terry grew up on a small family farm and has lived in Nevada County nearly 40 years. His interest in the outdoors has always played a big role in his life. He joined a local ranch brokerage firm whose motto was “To preserve what is left of the West.” Originally licensed as a real estate agent 1991 then a broker in 2001, Terry specializes in brokering unique ranch, lake and river properties throughout the West. When not pursuing projects for his clients, Terry spends time with his wife and two children. Other interests include fly-fishing, skiing and biking. Terry is a past director and continues to be active with the local bicycle advocacy non-profit, Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), helping to build and maintain local trails.
Andy Cassano | Board Member
Since 1969, Camptonville-native Andy Cassano has been a local leader in all aspects of land surveying, city and regional planning, environmental planning and land conservation. He was involved in important projects such as Alta Sierra, Tahoe Donner, Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines. Andy served as the first official City Planner for the City of Nevada City. Andy was an early leader of what was formerly known as Nevada County Land Trust. In 2012, Andy rejoined the Board of Bear Yuba Land Trust.
Letty Litchfield | Board Member
Letty holds a BA in English from the University of California, Davis, and a JD from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and has more than 23 years of experience in Civil Litigation. Letty is a Yuba County resident and owns a small farm and historical house built in 1856. She has worked collaboratively on salmon and steelhead restoration, as well as conservation easement efforts on the lower Yuba River. She has served on the non-profit boards of the Yuba River Preservation Foundation and the Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe and as a member of the Beale Military Liaison Committee. Letty showed Quarter Horses as a girl and raised cattle as an adult. Her passion in on the water. She has raced outrigger canoes all over the world and has kayaked the entire 72-mile shoreline of Lake Tahoe.
Dr. Trent Pridemore | Board Member
Trent’s educational background includes Field Zoology at University of California at Santa Barbara and a D.D.S. from University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Early in life he worked summers on an uncle’s West Texas ranch where he became endeared to the preservation of rural lands, and later as a timber cruiser on California’s Lost Coast. Returning home from Air Force service in South East Asia during the Vietnam War, he started a dental practice and soon used his zoology background in fisheries conservation. He was the Biological Consultant and Project Manager for the Little Truckee River Trout Restoration Task Force and a founder of California Fisheries Restoration Task Force. He wrote the protective regulations for the Truckee River system 12 years ago when he and his wife Karen moved from the Bay Area to rural Grass Valley. He is an avid fly fisherman and writes for California Fly Fisher on the biology of stillwater fly fishing, outdoor cooking and restaurant reviews. His science background, early experiences on the ranch, time spent in California’s timber country and a lifetime of chasing diversions in the outdoors made him a perfect fit for Bear Yuba Land Trust and its mission.
Tim Ackerman | Board Member
After receiving his B.S. in Biology from UC Davis, Tim worked for the Federal Government as a Research Fisheries Biologist before returning to school earning an M.S. at Moss Landing Marine Lab. Moving with his wife Janie to Nevada County in 1972, they worked in the local school districts and raised their two sons Cam and Josh. They walk almost daily on one of the BYLT trails. Tim has served on the Boards and is active with the Gold Country Fly Fishers and Nevada County Habitat for Humanity. He enjoys spending time with family, reading, and learning to play the guitar. Tim identifies strongly with the BYLT mission and commitment to build trails and conserve the lands where he likes to hike, explore, paddle, fly-fish, camp, and roast the perfect marshmallow.
Jeremy James | Board Member
Dr. Jeremy James has served as Director of the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) since 2012. His research program centers on understanding how environmental change, including climate, plant invasions and altered fire regimes impact rangeland ecosystems in the West and how ranchers and land managers can mitigate or adapt to these impacts. In this role he partners with researchers from multiple institutions as well as ranchers and land managers across the West to conduct applied research. At SFREC, Dr. James serves an advisory capacity to multiple professional organizations and institutional programs, conducts outreach, provides educational opportunities and works with community partners. SFREC has partnered with BYLT in multiple areas, including coordination of monitoring sites for local conservation easements, selection of research sites for work on invasive plant management, and cooperating on joint education programs for conservation professionals and public land stewards. Related to this work Dr. James and SFREC staff have also worked to develop environmental and agricultural education programs for elementary and high school students in the region. Currently about 500 students a year are hosted at SFREC through various programs focused on the ecology of sierra foothill ecosystems and how grazing these landscapes can be managed in a sustainable and productive way.
Mike Chapel | Board Member
Mike is an avid outdoorsman who spends many days each year hiking with his friends and dogs, fly fishing, and bird hunting. He has lived in Grass Valley with his wife Suzanne since they moved there with their two sons Chris and Darren in 1986.
Mike graduated from CSU Fresno with an M.S. in Biology in 1976. His focus areas were wildlife biology and plant ecology. Mike worked for the US Forest Service for 33 years, where he managed wildlife and fish programs on one ranger district and two national forests in the Sierra Nevada from 1979 to 1991. He served as a Forest Service liaison to the State of California in Sacramento from 1991 – 2012. Since his retirement, Mike volunteers with several local and regional groups to advance natural resource conservation and recreation.
Christy Sherr | Board Member
Christy Sherr is an avid hiker, equestrian and swimmer who enjoys learning and sharing about our native Flora and Fauna, especially chaparral. She holds a BA in Wildlife Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has worked most recently as Outreach Coordinator for the Earth Island Institute’s John Muir Project, travelling statewide inspiring others about the importance of protecting snags and post-fire forests from salvage logging to protect habitat dependent wildlife species and protect watersheds. Her favorite aspect of the work was having their young teenage Daughter don a woodpecker costume and accompany her for many presentations and meetings.
She served as a California State Park Ranger along with her husband Greg in diverse parks like Point Mugu and Leo Carrillo State Beaches, and Malibu Creek SP (site of the famous “Mash” TV set). She worked at and helped prepare for Big Basin SP’s 100th birthday Centennial celebration (it was California’s first state park…), and most recently she and Greg shared a ranger position here in Nevada County at Malakoff Diggins SHP for twelve years. She also shared her love of California biodiversity as a National Park Ranger in Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. During her Park Ranger career she became very adept at relocating rattlesnakes!