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February a great time to volunteer, trek with Bear Yuba Land Trust

Stewardship Associate Cathy Shirley and Boy Scout Matt Borges at BYLT’s future Pollinator Garden at Adam Ryan Preserve.
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The community is invited to be part of an exciting partnership project with Bear Yuba Land Trust and local Boy Scouts. Volunteers are needed to assist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Adam Ryan Preserve near the community of Alta Sierra at the intersection of Dog Bar Road and Alta Sierra Drive.

On Thursday and Friday, volunteers are needed to prep the site for planting on Saturday.

“We will be prepping the site, spreading soil and mulch, installing native plants and shrubs and protecting the plants with cages,” said Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr.



The 3,000-square-foot pollinator garden at Adam Ryan Preserve will attract native pollinators and migratory and native butterflies, becoming the first of its kind on any Land Trust property.

Bring work gloves, water and metal rakes if you have them.




For more information about becoming a volunteer for the Pollinator Project and meeting details for volunteer day, contact Stewardship Program Manager Erin Tarr at 272-5994, ext. 203; erin@bylt.org.

Volunteer Days on Clover Valley Trail, every Thursday in February

This is an opportunity to meet new people with a shared passion and work on a brand new community trail bordering Alta Sierra. The trail is located on BYLT’s newest community landholding, Clover Valley Preserve. South Wolf Creek bisects the length of the landscape, providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial life. Blue oak, black oak, live oak, red bud, coffee berry, native blackberry and maiden hair fern can be found on the 35-acre preserve bisected by South Wolf Creek. The trail is expected to be open to the public by spring.

Contact Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke for more details, shaun@bylt.org or 272-5994, ext. 201.

Volunteer orientation

The Land Trust has a lot of projects on the drawing board and needs citizen help to get all of it done! Come find out how personal skills and expertise can assist BYLT in a variety of projects and programs: mailing parties in the office, trail building, land monitoring or trek leading. There’s something for everyone’s skill level and interests.

The orientation is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Historic North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley. Information: http://www.bylt.org, 530-272-5994, ext. 200.

Armchair trek: Marine debris

The Earth’s oceans are filled with items that do not belong there; marine debris is a very visible and preventable form of ocean pollution. Sherry Lippiatt from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program will share information about the sources, impacts, and approaches to preventing litter and other anthropogenic debris from traveling through watersheds to the sea. She will discuss current research findings and policy initiatives, and ways that those living far from the coast can help reduce the amount of marine debris in the environment. 

The presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library, 950 Helling Way, Nevada City.

Suggested donation is $10; reservations not required.

Land tours on Thursday: Black Swan Preserve

Each month Bear Yuba Land Trust will lead a free community hike on one of their preserves. Biologist, and BYLT’s Stewardship Program Manager, Erin Tarr will share the projects and plans being implemented and the Land Trust’s vision for each unique property. 

The second in this year-long series will be at Black Swan Preserve near Smartsville. Participants will walk a two-mile loop trail to the pond and learn about the history of the area and the restoration projects planned to enhance the Western Pond Turtle habitat.

The tour is from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18. Meet at the Bear Yuba Land Trust office on the North Star House property, 12183 Auburn Road, Grass Valley.

Classic treks: Spenceville bunkers

Come spend a day in the Spenceville Wildlife Area for one of BYLT’s most popular treks. On this outing participants will visit an early townsite, then move forward into time to the WWII tank training grounds where while exploring the “dragons teeth” and 10 cement bunkers.

The trek is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

The cost is $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members.Reservations and prepayment required. For info, go to http://www.bylt.org or call 530-272-5994, ext. 200.


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