October 20, 2015 – For 25 years Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) has been working to save land, build trails and provide nature programming. Now, looking forward to the next 25 years, BYLT wants to hear from the community about values of land conservation and ecosystems.
Through the end of November, community members are invited to take a survey and tell the Land Trust staff and board how they are doing. In addition, BYLT members are asked to share the survey with people they know who may be unfamiliar about the Land Trust.
“You support this Land Trust with your dollars, you volunteerism and the donation of your development rights on your land. We are so very grateful and the results are stunning. We want to be sure we fulfill the responsibilities you have bestowed upon us, for many years to come,” said BYLT Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.
In the coming months, BYLT’s board of directors will write the non-profit organization’s next five-year strategic plan. As part of the planning process, BYLT is reaching beyond members and volunteers to gauge how the community feels about land conservation. The results will help guide work for the next five years based on community needs.
“We want to hear from diverse voices in the community about what is important to them, opinions about our track record and going forward, how the land trust should address protecting the rural quality and natural resources of the region,” added Coleman-Hunt.
BYLT is a membership-supported group that promotes voluntary conservation of natural, historical and agricultural resources in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Now in its 25th year, BYLT has permanently protected and enhanced 10,000 acres of forests and oak woodlands, farms and ranches, and river parkway to provide a lasting heritage.