Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Grass Valley

Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just two short years. Today, community members are invited to join the Greater Alta Sierra Firewise Community, Alta Sierra Property Owners Association (ASPOA) and Bear Yuba Land Trust for a public education and volunteer workday. The date of May 4 has been deemed “Wildfire Community Preparedness Day,” a national campaign that encourages people to come together on a single day to take action to reduce wildfire risk.

“Wildfire preparedness is one of the topics at the forefront of everyone’s mind who lives in Western Nevada County,” said Erin Tarr, co-executive director of the Bear Yuba Land Trust. “Managing the lands we own, such as Adam Ryan Preserve, to provide habitat and refuge for wildlife, a place where the public can access nature and to be fire safe are our goals. Community engagement and awareness is at an all time high and we can’t wait to join our partners at GAS and ASPOA to spend a day making this place even more resistant to wildfire threats.”

Bear Yuba Land Trust is an accredited land trust based in Grass Valley with a mission to protect and defend the working and natural lands of the Bear and Yuba River watersheds and to enrich the deep community connection with nature, in perpetuity. Since 1990, BYLT has been a conservation leader, saving more than 15,000 acres of Sierra Nevada and foothill forests, oak woodlands, meadows, riparian habitat, farms and ranches. This includes more 4,000 acres of critical open space protected for currently threatened, endangered or otherwise listed as species of special concern, and over 4,000 acres of headwaters lands. BYLT has also built and maintains over 30 miles of trails in order to provide access to nature.

Today’s event aims to provide resources to support community wildfire preparedness and to volunteer to help protect and enhance this important community space. Activities will be available for all ages and abilities. Participants can weed and tend to the native plant garden (bring gardening tools); pull, pile and burn Scotch broom (bring y gloves, loppers and wheelbarrow); pull, pile and burn downed dead wood and brush (bring safety glasses and handsaws); and perform trail maintenance (bring rakes and a strong back). Most importantly say organizers, the event is a place to get valuable information to prepare for the 2019 wildfire season. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Adam Ryan Preserve and Alan Thiesen Trail located at the intersection of Dog Bar Road and Alta Sierra Drive in Grass Valley. For more information, call Peter Beesley at 530-559-7250 or email Elias Grant at elias@bylt.org.

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