Annual Turkey Trek on tap today |

Annual Turkey Trek on tap today

Submitted to The Union

Folks looking for an outdoor activity the day after Thanksgiving to help burn off a day of eating can participate in a community walk on Nevada City's newest urban interface nature path: The Environs Trail.

Turn off the television, grab the kids and head for the trail during Bear Yuba Land Trust's 4th Annual Turkey Trek, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Stop by Harmony Ridge Market on the corner of Spring and Pine streets in downtown Nevada City where BYLT will have trail maps.

The previously inaccessible, forested 1.5-mile Environs Trail is the newest addition of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. In the coming year, a footbridge will connect the two trails on both sides of the creek.

Just a short walk from downtown Nevada City, the trail, with stands of incense cedar, black oak and Douglas fir, pays tribute to native Nisenan. Along the trail, hikers will see relics of the Gold Rush, including rock walls built by Chinese miners, remnants of the Providence Mine and the early irrigation canal known as the Rough and Ready Ditch.

Five years in the making, The Environs Trail was made possible because of a collaborative effort between Sierra Streams Institute, Bear Yuba Land Trust, the City of Nevada City, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan and many volunteers.

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The project includes a restoration and re-vegetation effort and interpretive signs.

To learn more about the Turkey Trek, The Environs Trail or other local trails in the region visit: Click on the 'Trails Portal' link to download 21 maps and trail descriptions.

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