Preserving the Environment While Hiking

Preserving the Environment While Hiking Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and truly enjoy Mother Nature. While hiking (and walking, cycling, etc.) are great low-emission forms of exercise, it’s still possible to damage the environment while hiking. Here are some top tips you can keep in mind to ensure you preserve the trail…

Welcome ExtremeTerrain – BYLT’s Newest Trail Adopter

BYLT welcomes ExtremeTerrain as our newest Trail Adopter! ExtremeTerrain, the auto parts retailer known for customizing Jeep Wranglers and Toyota pick-ups, continues to give back through the Clean Trail Initiative program in 2019. Launched in 2015, the program seeks to reward local clubs and organizations with small, project-specific, grants to be used for trail maintenance…

It’s Summer! Find Ales for Trails at Local Pubs

Do you love trails? You can support trails all summer long during Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Ales for Trails series. BYLT is teaming up with local pubs and tap houses during the summer of 2018 to raise money and awareness for local trails. In June, we kicked off the season with Celebration of Trails at Ol’…

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.

Poison Oak, Snakes, and Ticks…Oh My!

Avoid the plants. Learn how to identify poison oak in all seasons. Stay on cleared pathways. Keep pets from running through wooded areas so that the poison oak oils don’t accidentally stick to their fur, which you then might touch. Wear protective clothing.

Supporting Local Trails in Nevada County

To me, Nevada County is an inspiring place to live because it is full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I am proud of the grassroots efforts that are visible everywhere throughout the county. All of the outstanding non-profit organizations in our region exist because people support them. I want to thank those people for their contributions.

Our Urban Trail Corridor

Thirteen years ago Bill Haire retired from the Forest Service and a long career of building wilderness trails in the Tahoe National Forest. We are lucky to live so close to this exceptional public land and at the foot of the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada mountain range. Residents and visitors flock here by the thousands annually to explore the craggy granite peaks, deep and wild Yuba River canyons and pristine alpine meadows, on well-groomed, multi-use trails.

Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!

There are over 50 National Parks in the U.S. and California has some of the best – Pinnacles, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Park.

Trail Tools

Any trail that you have walked in your life was no doubt, at least partially, sculpted by a Pulaski or a McLeod. We used these two tools extensively to build the Rambler Trail at Clover Valley Preserve. The names of these tools are esoteric, unless you fight fires or build trails. Once you are introduced to these two workhorses, you can’t forget about them.

The Spirit of Howdy

Bear Yuba Land Trust builds multi-use, non-motorized trails in the watersheds of the Yuba and Bear River. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and believe that we can all get along and help each other achieve a common goal. That goal involves building more miles of trails to connect communities, preserving our town’s open space, boosting the economy, creating jobs, improving our health, and getting outside to interact with nature. The biggest conflict between trail user types sharing the same trail is a difference in speed.