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Hike Shady Creek’s headwaters on Sunday

A trek into the headwaters of Shady Creek will be offered by the Yuba Watershed Institute on Sunday.

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler-Foote Crossing Road, on the San Juan Ridge.

This hike will go through some of the recovering hydraulic diggings, a remnant mature and old forest and the site of a wildlife study being conducted by the institute in the headwaters of Shady Creek in what the Maidu call the ‘Inimim Forest.



The creek winds largely parallel to Tyler-Foote Crossing Road and up Hydraulic West Road. Accipiters, lions, bears and ringtail cats make their home in the area.

Special guests Ralph and Lisa Cutter, internationally known fishing guides and naturalists, will discuss the ecological status of three back country ponds. Frogs, aquatic insects and water quality are their specialties.




Bob Erickson and Gary Parsons will lead the four-hour hike. Bring a lunch, excellent hiking shoes and water. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is recommended by not required.

Yuba Watershed Institute will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a book release, performance, food and drink from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

The book, “The Nature of This Place: Investigations and Adventures in the Yuba Watershed,” is edited by Bruce Boyd and Liese Greensfelder, with a foreword by poet Gary Snyder and published by Comstock Bonanza Press. This anthology includes select writings and art from YWI’s journal, “Tree Rings.”

Books will be for sale and will, in part, benefit the Yuba Watershed Institute. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 general in advance; $18 m embers, $23 general at the door. Reservations are recommended.

For reservations and more information, visit http://www.YubaWatershedInstitute.org or contact Tania Carlone at (530) 265-4459 or tania@yubawatershedinstitute.org.

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