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Who will follow in footsteps of Treks through Time coordinator?

After two years of playing “mother hen” to Nevada County Land Trust’s Treks through Time series, Robin DeNegri is stepping down.

“Filling her shoes is not going to be easy,” said Stephanie Lorensen of the Land Trust, who is seeking three volunteers from the community to fill DeNegri’s position. So far, no one has stepped forward.

DeNegri, an active hiker, has organized the Land Trust’s spring and fall treks throughout the foothills and Sierra for two years. She did all the work without pay and estimates that she donated 30 weekends a year to the treks.



DeNegri organized treks with historians, archaeologists, biologists and other experts; handled carpooling, safety equipment and other essential supplies and trip check-ins; and wrote up the biannual hike schedules.

“Someone has to work every weekend to be the mother hen on these things,” said DeNegri. “I couldn’t find anybody to do it. I got burned out.




The Treks through Time series has been a part of the Land Trust since its inception more than a decade ago. DeNegri used her interest in Nevada County trails and history to expand the offerings.

“I think I’ve taken treks and exploded them,” said DeNegri. She says the number of treks offered may diminish after she leaves.

Some of her favorites include: Table Mountain wildflowers, swimming in Loch Leven, hiking Grouse Ridge and snowshoeing.

DeNegri’s feet walked every trail she organized. “That makes a difference, knowing the terrain,” she said.

She says a core group of Land Trust members in their 50s and 60s continue to dominate the attendance of the hikes, and for that reason, the majority of treks are classified as easy to moderate.

“I would love to have a few more harder hikes. I think people will do the range.”

Though some hikes remain popular year after year, such as the ones to Chalk Bluffs and Henness Pass. Others such as a historic cemetery tour held this fall brought in lower numbers.

After leaving her post, DeNegri hopes to focus more on the outdoors things she loves, such as flyfishing and going on weekly 10-mile hikes with a group of hiking buddies.

Last summer, DeNegri’s love for hiking took her and her sister on a 12-day, 165-mile backpacking trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail. They are considering a 250-mile trip on the Long Trail in Vermont next year.

DeNegri’s last trek will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area with birder Ted Beedy.

There is still space available for the trek that will include views of the annual waterfowl migration of 100,000 geese and ducks and as many as 80 species of birds. The family-appropriate outing costs $12 for Land Trust members and $17 for non-members.

Call the Nevada County Land Trust at 272-5994 for more information or visit the Internet at http://www.nevadacountylandtrust.org.

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To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail

laurab@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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