Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a hike and grand opening of the new 2.25 mile Yuba Rim Trail, part of the 2,707-acre Rice’s Crossing Preserve during the annual community event, “Walk on the Wild Side” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.
Participants will hike a total of 4.5 miles, there and back again. The trail winds through the shelter of forest, then along a ridge top to an overlook of the confluence of the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Yuba River, below Bullards Bar Dam. This is only the beginning of a new extensive river corridor trail system.
“This will last for generations. This will be the trail system, the connection system, the economy booster,” said Nevada County District 4 Supervisor Hank Weston who attended a dedication ceremony at the preserve in March. Weston sees Rice’s Crossing as a key recreation landholding that will drive tourism and help the local economy.
The April 18 event is both a celebration of Earth Day and the Land Trust’s 25th birthday. Since January, BYLT’s trails team has led the construction of the Yuba Rim Trail built with the help of 17 committed volunteers who have worked more than 200 hours.
The day will begin with a short presentation honoring Bear Yuba Land Trust founders, songs from Secretary Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria – Nisenan and an update on BYLT’s plans for the Rice’s Crossing property.
Participants are encouraged to bring water, wear weather appropriate clothing and good hiking shoes for the hike. Afterward folks will head over to the meadow for birthday cake. Pack a picnic lunch, chairs, blankets, kites, cameras, binoculars, etc. for enjoying the meadow.
BYLT acquired Rice’s Crossing Preserve in June of 2014, the largest landholding in the Land Trust’s 25 year history. A community success story, the preserve helped BYLT to grow its conservation footprint from 6,000 to 9,000 acres. Rice’s Crossing links over 8,500 acres of public open space and will provide unprecedented access to the river in the form of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and fishing.
BYLT’s stewardship team will monitor the property ensuring that habitat for threatened and endangered species will be protected and restored. BYLT will work closely with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) to develop a monitoring plan for this section of the river.
For 25 years, Bear Yuba Land Trust has worked with the community to protect land in the Bear and Yuba River watersheds. BYLT and its many volunteers have built 35 miles of trails and led numerous outings that get families into nature to explore and learn about this place we call home.
How to Get There: From Nevada City, take Highway 49 towards Camptonville, turn left on Marysville Road, over the Bullards Bar Dam. Rice’s Crossing North is located 1.3 miles from the dam. Park in the rock quarry on the right and cross the road to the North Meadow.
For those who want to schedule more BYLT activities into their weekend, there are two more options to choose from.
Geologist and paleontologist David Lawler will lead his moderate level and always popular “classic” Trek Back in Time to Chalk Bluff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Situated on private property at the top of Red Dog Road, this area is unique due to the exposure of ancient accumulations of volcanic ash – which looked like chalk to the early immigrants – and petrified-like wood from the tropical Pliocene era. This is a pre-registration event: $12 BYLT Members, $19 Not-Yet-Members.
BYLT just added an Armchair Trek: Beedy, Birds, Belize with reknowned ornithologist Ted Beedy from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Beedy recently returned from a two-week birding and bird photography tour of Belize and Northern Guatemala. This evening slideshow will feature a photo illustrated tour of Crooked Tree Lagoon and its myriad waterbirds, as well as the diversity of birds and other wildlife that inhabit tropical forests of the coastal regions, Tikal in Guatemala, and pine woodlands of the Maya Mountains. During this trip, Ted was able to see 265 species and captured photographs of 134 species. This show will be accompanied with sound recordings made by Barney Kroeger. Beedy will also address bird taxonomy, natural history, and on-going efforts to conserve these tropical treasures. Don’t miss it! A $10 donation is recommended.
(Source & photos: Bear Yuba Land Trust)