Memorial Opportunities

The Wetherall family honored their parents, Bill & Orene, with a memorial bench on Orene Wetherall Trail.

Remember loved ones with BYLT’s Memorial Program

Set in the beautiful outdoors, BYLT trails can evoke fond memories of loved ones. Benches and trail mileage markers are a meaningful way to memorialize the important people of our lives for years to come.

Memorial Bench Program


Memorial Benches with brass plaques for engraving are available for a donation of $5,000. Benches are made of molded recycled plastic in a dark brown color. They are designed to discourage vandalism and are guaranteed to last for 50 years. Once a site is selected, the benches will be permanently set in concrete. Benches are available on the Hirschman Trail, Deer Creek Tribute Trail, and the Yuba Rim Trail on Rice’s Crossing Preserve.

Memorial Mileage Marker Program

Memorial Trail Mileage Markers with brass plaques are available for a $1,000 donation. Currently possible locations exist on all of BYLT trails except for the Litton Trail.  These markers will be set a half mile apart on sturdy wooden posts, with the mileage on the side and the memorial plaque on top.

Geri Bergen Memorial Forest Plaque


Bear Yuba Land Trust dedicated the first Memorial Forest in memory of Geri Bergen in September 2019. The Geri Bergen Memorial Forest at Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve in Nevada City Commemorates those whose legacies live on forever. A gold colored plaque placed on the memorial sign engraved with a loved one’s life dates is available for a $250 donation.


To learn more about Memorial Benches , Memorial Trail Mileage Markers, or Memorial Plaques in the Geri Bergen Memorial Forest contact Land Access Manager at or (530) 272-5994 x 203