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Land trust announces September treks

The Bear Yuba Land Trust will host two upcoming treks. The first, Treks for the Mind — a book discussion group — will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 to talk about David Mas Masumoto’s book, “The Wisdom of the Last Farmer.”

David Mas Masumoto works a family farm, growing organic peaches, nectarines and grapes.

When his father has a stroke in the fields of their 80-acre farm, Masumoto confronted some of life’s big questions. In “The Wisdom of the Last Farmer,” he tells how to tend and make things grow, and how to know when to let nature take over, weaving together stories of life and death to reveal age-old wisdom.

This is a community group and everyone is welcome to the free event.

On Sept. 15, the Bear Yuba Land Trust will host a Walk & Roll, an all-accessible trek to the Sierra Discovery Trail, with FREED Center for Independent Living and The Neighborhood Center for the Arts.

The walk, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be on the PG&E interpretive trail that is approximately one mile long, is easy and educational — passing by informative signs that have area ecology and geology information.

The trail starts out as pavement crossing a bridge over the Bear River. Although mostly dirt, the trail is suitable for wheelchairs with some help.

The walk ends at the picnic tables where participants will gather for lunch under the trees.

Restroom facilities are nearby. Preregistration is required. Contact Justin Harford at justin@freed.org or 530-477-3333 or 530-477-8194 TTY.

Accessible transportation is available upon request with one week advance notice.

There is a $10 suggested donation for the trek.

The land trust will venture out to the Sierra Crest Sept. 13 for a trek from Castle Peak to Basin Peak. This outing, led by CAL Naturalist Rick Ramos, will take hikers up to one of the most spectacular views in the area.

After a bit of a scramble up to the volcanic cap of Castle Peak, participants will take an easy stroll across the divide towards Basin Peak.

Leaving Basin, the group will work their way back down to the valley, make a quick stop at the Sierra Club Peter Grubb Hut and then head back to the cars.

The trek is considered moderate to strenuous. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $12 for members of the land trust and $17 for the general public.

Get a behind the scenes barn tour Sept. 19 during Draft Horse Classic. This special annual trek will once again be led by Eleanor Roberts, who travels from Missouri every year to participate as one of the announcers for the performances.

A consummate horse woman, she’s also a highly respected driver and teamster. Roberts will lead the tour through the barns, introduce folks to the different draft horse breeds and their owners — discuss harnessing, equipment, and what it takes to create a team of horses.

The trek is rated as easy. Pre-registration is required by 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

It costs $30 for land trust members, $35 for the general public and proceeds support the land trust and fairgrounds.

Unless otherwise listed, registration for any land trust trek can be done online at www.BearYuba LandTrust.org, by phone at 530-272-5994, ext. 200, or email Melony atmelony@bylt.org.


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