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Bear Yuba Land Trust recognizes conservationists Alicia Funk and Clarence Motter

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KNOW & GO

What: BYLT’s Annual Leadership Awards

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3

Where: Historic North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley

Cost: Suggested $10 donation

Bear Yuba Land Trust will recognize two lifetime conservationists during its annual Oak Tree Bash: Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3 at North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road in Grass Valley.

During this intimate gathering, the Land Trust will honor Alicia Funk with the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership and treks leader Clarence Motter with the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

“I’ve known Alicia for many years and have seen how her passion for our local natural environment has really captured her imagination,” said BYLT Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt. “She has turned that passion into action by becoming our local expert on culinary and medicinal wild, native plants and traditional uses by indigenous peoples. She has advocated for our understanding and the use of them through tours and talks, lectures, writing and now filmmaking. This award recognizes exactly these qualities among people like Alicia in our community.”

Funk is the founder of the Living Wild Project and co-author of “Living Wild — Gardening, Cooking and Healing with Native Plants of California.” She lives off the grid with her husband and their three children. She first studied plant-based medicine in 1990 from an indigenous grandmother in Ecuador’s rainforest.

“…Conservation comes down to the choices we make each day for our family, our community and ourselves. My hope is that we can remember how to conserve, cultivate and enjoy the plants native to the place we call home.”Alicia Funk

She received her BA, MBA and certificate from the American School of Herbal Studies. She is the editor of six publications on herbal medicine, including “Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs,” “The ABC Clinical Guide to Herbs” and “The Botanical Safety Handbook.” Her “Living Wild” books and programs support environmental and cultural conservation.

A longtime supporter of BYLT, Funk believes in the organization’s mission. She has led nature walks, orchestrated art shows and provided books and native plant baskets for BYLT fundraisers.

“We are so lucky to live close to abundant access to nature, and the land trust has worked diligently to expand the areas in conservation,” said Funk. “Conservation comes down to the choices we make each day for our family, our community and ourselves. My hope is that we can remember how to conserve, cultivate and enjoy the plants native to the place we call home.”

Clarence Motter has led multiple treks for Bear Yuba Land Trust over the years, exploring World War II-era bunkers, an autumn full moon tour at Spenceville Wildlife Area, historic Nevada County cemeteries and wildflower walks at Table Mountain.

“All of our trek leaders are extremely generous with their time, expertise and passions,” said Fund Development and Community Program Manager Melony Vance. “However, Clarence’s curiosity about our community and his passion to ferret out as much information as he can about an area has made him a particularly informative and interesting expert leader for the trekking program. Every time I go out with Clarence, I learn something new.”

Motter’s connection to the Land Trust goes back to the founding years, 25 years ago when the Land Trust was formed by a small group of concerned citizens who saw development threatening the region’s rural way of life. A longtime member and volunteer, Motter helped build and maintain trails like Rattlesnake Ridge, Independence Trail and the connector to Cascade Canal. He helped paint the North Star House during the early years of restoration.

“Volunteering is rewarding in itself, but being chosen to be honored by Bear Yuba Land Trust for what I love to do, is humbling, and greatly appreciated,” he said.

The community is invited to learn about Bear Yuba Land Trust’s largest acquisition, Rice’s Crossing on the Yuba River, upcoming 25th anniversary trek and youth activities, 2015 trail and conservation projects, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.

Eva and Gary will provide live Bossa Nova and Jazz while participants sample appetizers donated and prepared by California Organics, Jernigan’s, BriarPatch Co-op and Living Wild. Local wine and microbrews will be served during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information visit http://www.bylt.org.


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