Bear Yuba Land Trust launches Save Land campaign to protect 20,000 acres by 2020 |

Bear Yuba Land Trust launches Save Land campaign to protect 20,000 acres by 2020

In an effort to protect important landscapes like those found in the Grouse Ridge Roadless Area, Bear Yuba Land Trust is launching a community campaign with a call to action: “Keep It Wild. Protect Open Space. Donate to BYLT's Save Land campaign."
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In 2017, important landscapes in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds weathered an onslaught of natural disasters such as flooding, heat waves, bark beetle infestations and wildfire.

In an effort to support the natural resources, plants and animals who live within and downstream of these watersheds, Bear Yuba Land Trust is launching a community campaign with a message and call to action: “Keep It Wild. Protect Open Space. Donate to BYLT’s Save Land campaign,” according to a release.

“The lands on the Western slope of the Sierra Nevada, where the Bear and Yuba Rivers and their many tributaries flow, is a hotspot for plant and animal biodiversity,” said Director of Land Stewardship Erin Tarr. “From the mountain meadows and lakes in the east to the vernal pools and perennial wetlands in the west, we live in an area greatly enhanced by our water and land resources.”

Founded 27 years ago, the trust is a community-supported, not-for-profit organization that to date has preserved over 12,000 acres with an ambitious new goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020, the release stated. This season, an anonymous local donor has stepped forward with a generous gift, to support the land conservation work of the trust and match dollar-for-dollar every donation gifted to the year-end Land Appeal, up to $40,000.

“Thanks to the generosity of a caring individual, everyone who donates to the lands appeal before the end of the year can double their money and their impact.” said Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

Annually, BYLT’s end-of-the-year fundraising and outreach campaign generates critical funding for protection of important landscapes and enables restoration work necessary to better protect wildlife habitat and water quality.

“Now more than ever, the land needs our help,” said Coleman-Hunt.  “Nature is capable of coming back, if we help it along, and we don’t get in the way with poor land use and management. Our survival depends on this.”

In November and December, BYLT will release a series of stories from the land. These include:

n The announcement of a new 857-acre conservation easement in the Sierra Nevada protecting important wolverine and Northern goshawk habitat from development in the Grouse Ridge roadless area of Lindsey Lakes

n Restoration work along the middle Bear River on BYLT’s 650-acre Garden Bar Preserve where native perennial grasses are being planted and water sources are being installed as part of a long-term Holistic Rangeland Management Plan

n A ribbon cutting and unveiling of the new Higgins Pond Preserve near Lake of the Pines

n Updates on Urban Community Conservation Projects at Adam Ryan Preserve, Burton Homestead and Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve

n Creation of a pollinator meadow on a private ranch on Indian Springs Road

n Annual Monitoring Visits to conserved lands and Stewardship Volunteer Workdays to enhance habitat and resiliency on conserved lands

Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust

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