Land News – Summer 2016

CoverWhat’s inside:

  • Message from Melony
  • Pines to Mines
  • Family Hikes for Summer
  • Celebration of Trails 2016
  • Backpack Bliss
  • Save the Date!

Message from Development and Programs Manager Melony Vance

Trails Changed a Life

It might sound odd – but a local trail changed my life!

Shortly after moving to Nevada County I hiked the Humbug Trail at Malakoff Diggins State Park. Along the way I met another nature lover doing a point-to-point hike who needed a ride to his car. He was John Skinner, retired Tahoe National Forest Service Supervisor. John became my hiking mentor and later introduced me to the Land Trust.

I hiked with John for a year exploring many of the most beautiful trails in our area, encountering bears, picnicking at stunning lakes, examining the unique geology of the Sierra Nevada. Before his passing I helped him with Land Trust treks, which lead to my becoming the Land Trust Treks Coordinator – the best job ever!

Trails offer opportunities to get outside, get healthier, meet with old friends and make new ones. Our communities have so much to offer: breathtaking vistas, oak woodlands, rich ranchlands and scenic rivers. Trail systems connect neighborhoods, schools, and shopping, are used by families, retired folk, runners, cyclists, equestrians, and those with mobility issues. Trail use is free and open to everyone!

With your ongoing support, BYLT staff and volunteers have built and maintain more than 35 miles of community trails, with more being planned. However, we can’t continue to do this work without your help.

Please donate to local trails by “buying” a foot of trail today! Buy 10 feet for $100 and get a free I’d Rather Be Hiking bumper sticker. Go to: you!

I hope to see you on the trail…

~ Development and Programs Manager, Melony Vance

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