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Upcoming treks by Bear Yuba Land Trust

South Wolf Creek runs through Bear Yuba Land Trust’s newest 35-acre property known as Clover Valley Preserve. Located within walking distance to Alta Sierra Elementary School and Alta Sierra neighborhoods, the property could someday provide the land base for recreation trails and nature study field trips.
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WHAT: Trail Grand Opening at Black Swan Trail

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Black Swan Trail on Mooney Flat Road



COST: FREE – Registration NOT required

LEVEL: Easy/ Moderate – 2-mile loop with some gain/ loss in elevation




Information: http://www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for the grand opening of the Black Swan Trail near the town of Smartsville.

A year ago, BYLT’s trail volunteers and a crew from AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps finished a two-mile trail that loops the Black Swan pond. Though a larger parking area is still being developed, Bear Yuba Land Trust is excited to share this beautiful trail with the community in a public grand opening. This time of year, the Black Swan Preserve is filled with wildflowers.

A short dedication will be at 10 a.m., followed by a guided hike. Hikers can come and go any time and hike the trail on their own. For those who want to learn about BYLT, this is an opportunity to chat with staff who will be set up at the pond with information, maps and future trail plans.

How to get there: From Grass Valley, take Hwy 20 west to Mooney Flat Road (just before the town of Smartsville). The trailhead is 1/2 mile on the left.

WHAT: Armchair Trek: Native Materials Culture of the Sierra with Grayson Coney

WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31

WHERE: Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City

Suggested Donation: $10 – Supports BYLT and the Tsi-Akim Maidu – Registration NOT required

Information: http://www.bylt.org

Cultural Director of the Tsi-Akim Maidu Grayson Coney will present an evening talk on early Native American cultures and how they used found materials to meet all of their needs — from plants to animals, sticks to stones. Early indigenous cultures had no refrigeration, no plastic, no electronic devices, yet led a rich and full life, with nature supplying all that they needed to feed, house, heal, entertain and sustain them.

WHAT: Treks Through Time: Table Mountain – Flowers and Photography

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday

Saturday, April 12th at 9:00am – 5:00pm

COST: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members – Registration and prepayment required

Registration & Information: http://www.bylt.org

It’s not too late to explore the vibrant display of wildflowers at Table Mountain with Bear Yuba Land Trust. This 2.5 miles loop hike will focus on flowers and photography. Table Mountain is one of the best places in Northern California to see springtime wildflowers and this trek will allow you time to admire and photograph the display. Along the way, participants will pass vernal ribbon streams and falls. Bring your sense of wonder, camera, wildflower reference book, magnifying loop, and good hiking boots. This trek will be led by our veteran trek leaders and flower experts Susan Graf and Vicki MacDonald.

WHAT: Treks Through Time: Table Mountain – Coal Canyon Falls

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12

COST: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members – Registration and prepayment required

Registration & Information: http://www.bylt.org

This trip will follow a 5-mile route leading to the dramatic Coal Canyon Falls while passing through swaths of vibrant yellow, purple and white fields of flowers. The terrain can be rocky on this volcanic plateau, which is devoid of any streams, yet wildflowers abound on this unique and arid topography. This is one of BYLT’s most popular outings led by veteran trek leaders Susan Graf and Vicki MacDonald. Depending on weather, you will see different varieties — so plan for an adventure.

WHAT: Treks through Time: UC Sierra Foothill Research Center – For Members Only

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11

COST: FREE for Members ONLY – Registration Required

LEVEL: Easy with optional short hike opportunities

Registration & Information: http://www.bylt.org

BYLT recently acquired a conservation easement on 41 acres on the Yuba River known as the “Narrows” permanently protecting the natural resources of this land. The Narrows is located adjacent to, and owned by, the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, where 5,700 acres of rangeland fosters and supports research, education and outreach programs focused on key agricultural and natural resource themes relevant to the Sierra foothills.

On this members-only trek, participants will visit several areas of the Research Center and observe rangeland stewardship work such as: water studies, oak tree regeneration projects, invasive plant studies, black rail habitat, and more. This is an important facility for agricultural research — impacting farmers and ranchers throughout the west, and ultimately the end food consumer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the science being conducted just down the hill.

WHAT: Walk on the Wild Side – Rice’s Crossing: Yuba Rim Trail Opening

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18

WHERE: Rice’s Crossing North, Yuba County

COST: FREE – Registration NOT required

Information: http://www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a hike on the new 2.5 mile Yuba Rim Trail, part of the 2,707-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve. Participants will hike along a ridge top to an overlook of the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Yuba River. This is only the beginning of an extensive river corridor trail system that will eventually lead to the State Park at Bridgeport.

This community event is an Earth Day celebration, a 25th Land Trust birthday party, a trail opening and a way to connect with new friends and old. For 25 years, Bear Yuba Land Trust has worked with the community to protect land in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds, conserving nearly 9,000 acres to date.

BYLT and its many volunteers have built 35 miles of trails and led numerous outings that get people into nature to explore and learn about this place we call home.

There will be food vendors, cake, and a short presentation revealing plans for the Rice’s Crossing property.

How to get there: From Nevada City, take Highway 49 towards Camptonville, turn left on Marysville Road, over the Bullards Bar Dam. Rice’s Crossing North is located 1.3 miles from the dam. Park in the rock quarry on the right and cross the road to the North Meadow.


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