Rice’s Crossing Preserve: ‘epic’ acquisition, Nevada, Yuba officials say

The Union – Grass Valley, California

A new 2,700-acre recreation area that promises hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails as well as new Yuba River fishing, kayaking and swimming spots was dedicated Friday amid much celebration.

“This is the largest parcel we’ve ever acquired and the largest area of public lands,” said Marty Coleman-Hunt, executive director of Bear Yuba Land Trust, of the new Rice’s Crossing Preserve in the middle Sierra foothills of Yuba and Nevada counties. “It connects public lands, one end to the other.”

Coleman-Hunt, one of about 60 people at Friday’s ceremonies, said the “connector” property is the middle piece linking the federal Plumas and Tahoe National Forests to the north with the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport to the south.

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