Forever Farms Partners Raise More Than $780,000 to Protect Critical Farmland in Nevada County

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), Sierra Harvest, BriarPatch Food Co-op and Tahoe Food Hub are excited to announce the first successful fundraising campaign for the Forever Farms program, raising more than $780,000 for the protection of critical farmland in Nevada County. The seven-week public campaign closed July 1, receiving over 650 individual contributions. “Together, we…

Forever Farms: Saving farmland for a resilient community

Friends of BYLT, This is one of the most important letters we will ever write. We would like to alert you to a serious community threat that is upon us if we do not act now. In the past year, two critical organic agricultural producers left Nevada County due to lack of affordable access to…

BYLT secures protection of 857 acres in Grouse Ridge

A new deal between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) brings exciting news for outdoor recreationists and lovers of the wild. Habitat for important mountain species are now permanently protected and some of the most popular non-motorized trails are located on the property. With the deal, 857-acres of scenic…

BYLT secures funding to conserve historic ranch in Penn Valley

Dec. 15, 2017 – Last week, the State awarded Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) $3.45 million, facilitating the second phase in the preservation of a 3,070-acre cattle ranch in Penn Valley, forever protecting one of Nevada County’s largest, historic and important agricultural lands known as Robinson Ranch. It was the largest award given by the…

Save Independence Trail

Hugging the steep slope above the South Yuba River, Independence Trail winds through a mature forest of madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), and incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens). For decades, busloads of school children, some in wheelchairs, have come here to learn about the natural world and look for newts in Rush Creek.

Only as healthy as the land is

For more than 40 years, Lynne Dover has been care-taking 142 acres that she and husband, Al Dover, own on Deer Creek, 3.5 miles west of downtown Nevada City.

BYLT seeks local contractor to bid on repairs of Rush Creek Ramp

Bear Yuba Land Trust is looking for a local contractor to repair the wood wheelchair access ramp above Rush Creek on the beloved Independence Trail. Built by the late Naturalist John Olmsted and community volunteers, the ramp has fallen into disrepair in recent years

Another High Country Conservation Easement for Bear Yuba Land Trust

As part of its land conservation commitment, PG&E recently donated 1,459 acres to the University of California. The transfer was immediately followed by the conveyance of a conservation easement to BYLT, permanently protecting high-country forest land and important wildlife habitat.

BYLT awarded funds for forest health plan in Yuba River watershed

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) will receive $74,550 in grant funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board to complete a timber management plan on approximately 2,000 acres of mixed conifer forest in the North and Middle Yuba River watersheds.

2,000 Acres of South Yuba Headwaters conserved by Bear Yuba Land Trust

At 7,000 feet elevation in the high Sierra Nevada, three alpine lakes and 2,000 remote acres of forest and granite landscapes important to outdoor recreationists are now permanently protected by Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) on land owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).