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Bear Yuba Land Trust trek to Bear Valley with Grayson Coney

Grayson Coney, cultural director of the Tsi-Akim Maidu, will lead a trek through the meadows of Bear Valley from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday while sharing stories of the early inhabitants of the area. The outing, sponsored by Bear Yuba Land Trust, is rated "easy to moderate."

The meadows of Bear Valley were once grazed for cattle and utilized as an important source of fodder for emigrant parties after crossing the Sierra Nevada. Additionally, the 1844 Emigrant Trail ran through Bear Valley and a narrow gauge rail line traversed the valley in the 1880s and 1890s.

Long before the Gold Rush, Native American people of the region considered Bear Valley a sacred place. Grayson Coney is a storyteller whose outings always fill up; early registration is recommended. A suggested donation to the Bear Yuba Land Trust is $12 for BYLT Members, $17 for not-yet-members.

To register or for more information, visit http://www.BearYubaLandTrust.org or call Melony at 530-272-5994, ext. 200.