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4 armchair “treks” set for fall

Four upcoming armchair, or educational, “treks” are planned in November and December by Bear Yuba Land Trust.

The events, which feature presentations from various Nevada County experts in local history or natural resources, are on Monday, Thursday, Nov. 7 and Dec. 10 at different locations in Nevada County:

3 p.m. Monday

“Treks for the Mind: Hard Road West by Keith Heyer Meldahl” explores the geology of the West during Bear Yuba Land Trust’s bimonthly book club as seen through the eyes of travelers in the 1850s with a discussion Keith Heyer Meldahl’s book “Hard Road West: History and Geology along the Gold Rush Trail.”

The location is The Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. Admission is free; a donation to The Open Book or book purchases are appreciated.

Reservations are not required.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

“The ancient Yuba or Why there is gold in them thar hills,” wlll feature David Lawler, geologist, paleontologist and mining expert. He will share information about the Ancient Yuba River — a river system Amazonian in size, that cut through the historical Sierra, washing out pockets of gold and depositing the shiny, heavy metal in its riverbed. Covered over by eons of time and layers of material, what the river hoarded on its bedrock changed the world.

The event takes place in the Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City. A suggested donation is $10. Reservations are not required.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7

“River Resources at Garden Bar with Grayson Coney,” will feature Coney, the cultural director of the Tsi Akim Maidu. Coney grew up along the Bear River where he learned the secrets of the river, meadows and oak woodlands. He will share his Native American knowledge working with natural resources to live in harmony with the land.

The cost of the trek is $12 for BYLT members, $19 for non-members. Reservations and prepayment are required.

7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10

“Armchair Trek: The Nisenan Tribe and Place with Shelly Covert” features Covert, spokesperson for the Nisenan — Nevada City Rancheria. The Nisenan, meaning “from among us” or “from our skies,” were a federally recognized tribe with land located on what is now Cement Hill Road. Learn what happened in 1964 that changed everything. Covert will also share family stories, songs and the tribe’s vision for the future.

The event is at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Suggested donation is $10. Reservations are required.

For more details or reservations on these events, see http://www.bylt.org or call 530-272-5994 x 200

A list of fall color hikes near Nevada City can be found at http://www.nevadacitychamber.com/fall-in-love-with-the-season-with-these-nevada-city-area-trails/

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