Celebration of Trails

Bear Yuba Land Trust is proud to present the 4th annual Celebration of Trails! This event will be a hybrid online-outside event focused on community trails and recreation. 




FRIDAY, JULY 17th: “Online Learning Resources”

Throughout the day on Friday, online learning resources will be posted to provide enriched learning about local trails and recreation. Don’t miss the Celebration of Trails episode of In the Field, BYLT’s educational podcast! The Celebration of Trails fundraiser opens on July 9th. Fundraise or donate $100 by July 18th in order to be entered to win a raffle prize!

 

 

 

 


FUNDRAISER:

We need your support to improve the Litton Trail!
 
The Litton Trail was the Land Trust’s first trail project. Decades later, this trail has proven to be an amazing community asset that serves all ages and abilities in the heart of a busy live, work and play center. Our vision is to provide accommodations and upgrades that meet the needs of the community well into the future.
 
Already, $21,000 has been raised towards this project, including $12,000 that was raised during the Fund-A-Need portion of our annual gala last year. An additional $9,000 is needed in order to meet the City of Grass Valley’s match for this project. Your donation to this wonderful community trail is fully deductible under the law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. Bear Yuba Land Trust’s tax ID# is 68-0256981.
Raffle Prize ($140 value): (1) Trail Card, (1) Market Tote, (1) Logo Hat (1) Marshall’s Pasties Gift Card (1) “Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails” by Julie Carville (1) “Exploring Nevada County” book (1) BYLT 25 year anniversary t-shirt (XL)

HOW TO DONATE: 

1. DONATE ON THE WEBSITE:

Visit www.bylt.org/support/donate/ and fill out the required information. Be sure to note that the donation is for “Trails Appeal”. Donate 100+ to be entered to win the raffle prize!

2. FUNDRAISE OR DONATE ON FACEBOOK

Visit the Celebration of Trails Fundraiser page at https://www.facebook.com/donate/724993511405158/ and donate directly OR start your own Celebration of Trails Fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ to raise money by sharing with friends and family!

Step 1: Select Bear Yuba Land Trust as the nonprofit

Step 2: For “How much you would like to donate”, input $100 or more and set the end date for July 18th

Step 3: COPY and PASTE the following:

 Event Title: [Your Name] fundraiser for Celebration of Trails- Litton Trail

Why are you raising money?: I need your support to improve the Litton Trail! The Litton Trail was Bear Yuba Land Trust’s first trail project. Decades later, this trail has proven to be an amazing community asset that serves all ages and abilities in the heart of a busy live, work and play center. The vision for this project is to provide accommodations and upgrades that meet the needs of the community well into the future. Already, $21,000 has been raised towards this project. An additional $9,000 is needed in order to meet the City of Grass Valley’s match for this project. Support my fundraiser to help protect this wonderful community trail!

Your donation is fully deductible under the law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. Bear Yuba Land Trust’s tax ID# is 68-0256981.
Photo: Download the photo below by right-clicking and saving to your computer to use for your fundraiser!

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES:


Listen to In the Field Podcast
IN THE FIELD: Land Access for All with John Wentworth 
On this episode of the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s podcast In the Field, we welcome guest John Wentworth to tell his story of how a passion for nature and being outdoors inspired his departure from Los Angeles and an ongoing mission to serve as an advocate for his rural community and land access for all.

CONSERVATION HEROES

In 2013, BYLT began the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award. The award was created in honor of the late John Skinner who led many treks for the Land Trust. A retired Forest Supervisor of the Tahoe National Forest, John Skinner loved the outdoors. Despite a heart condition, Skinner hiked as many local trails as he could. He was the author of Sierra Outdoors Recreation. This reference book featured over 200 trails, 100 lakes and 125 camping and picnic areas stretching from the Lakes Basin to Auburn State Recreation Area. Skinner also was widely recognized from his numerous articles for Sierra Heritage Magazine. John passed away on July 27, 2009.

The John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award honors an individual for work or leadership of unusual significance in the field of outdoor recreation and education including contributions which have made a difference in local parks, preserves and community programs throughout Nevada County. BYLT is proud to open public nominations for the 2020 William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leader and John F. Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Awards. This year, the public can submit nominations for members of our community who live or work in the Bear and Yuba watershed and personify leadership traits of the awards’ namesakes.

Read More + Nominate a 2020 Conservation Hero!





SATURDAY, JULY 18th: “Choose Your Own Adventure!”

For the 4th annual Celebration of Trails, recreation destinations in Grass Valley and Nevada City are featured to encourage hiking in your neighborhood. These community trails are located within walking distance of local eateries, consider making a day of it and supporting our local businesses!

Trails increase community health by connecting neighborhoods with schools and businesses. Additionally, did you know trails increase community resiliency by providing equitable access to nature, and reducing fire dangers in rural areas by providing fire breaks and alternate transportation routes? Our trails our one of our greatest assets within our community!

Is there another trail closer to your backyard? Visit the Trails Portal to discover alternate adventure routes, or enjoy Celebration of Trails from the safety of your own home by virtually exploring these beautiful community trails!

We want to see your Celebration of Trails adventures! Share on social media using #celebrationoftrails and #bearyubalandtrust, and tag Bear Yuba Land Trust or respond to this email with your photos and name! If you donated or fundraised $100 or more for the Litton Trail project, you will be entered for an extra chance to win the raffle prize!

Please follow all social distancing guidelines. Explore more community trails at www.bylt.org/trails/


Grass Valley: Featured Trails

Wolf Creek Trail:
The City of Grass Valley officially opened Wolf Creek Trail in 2018. The trail passes by the North Star Mining Museum and Glenn Jones Park. As the name implies, Wolf Creek runs parallel to the trail and crosses Little Wolf Creek. BYLT was contracted by the City to create natural earth trails that branch off from the main paved trail, providing a more natural experience closer to the water.

Hike Wolf Creek Trail


Litton Trail:
This well-established trail meanders through an informal urban greenbelt in Grass Valley. The greenbelt is a blend of small forested sections, a country club, irrigation canal, community college, high school, and a retirement community. This trail connects local residents to businesses, places of work and education, and is the focus for the Celebration of Trails fundraiser.

Hike Litton Trail


Nevada City: Featured Trails

Deer Creek Tribute Trail:
The town of Nevada City is built around Deer Creek, a tributary of the Yuba River. The Deer Creek Tribute Trail system is a mix of sidewalk paths, roads and trails on either side of Deer Creek, both in and out of town. Two beautiful foot bridges cross Deer Creek in the rural area west of town: The Angkula Seo Bridge in tribute to the original Nisenan people, and the Chinese Bridge in tribute to early Chinese settlers after gold was discovered.

Hike Deer Creek Tribute Trail


Hirschman Trail:
Only a mile from the heart of downtown Nevada City, the centerpiece of this trail system is lovely Hirschman’s Pond, named after the Hirschman brothers who were pioneer miners and merchants of the area. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pines, and grasslands for an additional 2 miles. Hirschman’s Pond is five acres of water from natural sources at the foot of tall cliffs carved by hydraulic mining of the area in the 1800’s.

Hike Hirschman Trail


~VIRTUAL HIKE OPTIONS~

Virtual Hikes

No hiking, no problem! Enjoy the Celebration of Trails adventure from the comfort and safety of your own home. Thank you to TreadTube and CNPS- Redbud Chapter for providing these alternate hiking options!



Nevada City Film Festival- Movies Under the Pines: Drive In! 

During the weekend of July 17-19th, the parking lot of the iconic Litton Engineering Building is reimagined as a classic drive-in movie experience fit with state of the art projection, a 32-foot screen, and friendly mask-wearing car-hops to deliver pre-made concessions – including organic popcorn from the Onyx Theatre – to attendees in their car. The event is also a fundraiser for the nonprofits located in or associated with the building including The Friendship Club, NEO Youth Center, Neighborhood Center for the Arts, and Bear Yuba Land Trust, which maintains the nearby Litton Trail. The selected film for this weekend is the sci-fi thriller Super 8.

RESERVE TICKETS: https://www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com/events/mutp-drive-in/