As the Trails Coordinator for the Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT), a position I have held for 12 years now, people sometimes ask me what complaints I most often receive about trails and trail users. I have to say that by far bad behavior by dogs and dog owners on the trails cause the most complaints. There seems to be an attitude that dogs have the right to “run free” on the trails here in Nevada County.
The two-mile Black Swan trail is a new addition to our already stellar trails menu in Nevada County. I started building this trail in 2014 on a trial basis with Bear Yuba Land Trust. I suppose the trial work days went well because I am now part of the staff and flourishing as a trails coordinator. I have a great job that allows me to be out in nature to learn and tune into our dynamic planet.
I work with Bear Yuba Land Trust and I do my best to make sure all the work I do falls within our mission. Our Mission is to Save Land, Build Trails and Encounter Nature. This clear, concise group of words is simple and easy to follow. It is the epitome of a great mission because it betters us as individuals and as a community. Once you dissect it into pieces it is quite a lofty goal. Three simple charges that encompass an enormous amount of scientific fields and expertise. I work on expanding our trails department so it can continue to thrive.