Category Archives: Recreation

Treks, kayaking and more with Bear Yuba Land Trust

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This Saturday! Treks Through Time Wildflowers of the Grouse Ridge
When: 8:00am-4:00pm, Saturday, July 12
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Easy-Moderate. Only a few spots left.

One of BYLT’s most popular trek leaders, Julie Carville, will be taking us into higher elevations in search of wildflowers. Julie has written books and taught extensively on the subject. Be prepared to spend some time on your belly getting up close and personal with the flower folk. Pollen on your nose gets you extra points!

Registration and prepayment required. Click here to register.

This Sunday! Treks Through Time Sierra Rock Art
When: 8:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, July 13
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT & FSRA Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Easy-Moderate. Space is limited.

Jeff Phelan of Friends of Sierra Rock Art will lead this outing for the Land Trust to beautiful Meadow Lake (35 miles northwest of Truckee) to view the mysterious petroglyphs of the early inhabitants of the area. The rock art is located on glacially polished granite next to a pond and forest. We will discuss the exotic geology that attracted both Native Americans, and the miners of the great boom town of Summit City (c1864). This event supports both BYLT and FSRA.

Suggested reading; Mark McLaughin Sierra Stories (Vol 2, Chpt 6) “Alice Hartley-The Madness of Meadow Lake.”

Registration and prepayment required. Click here to register.

Treks on Tuesday Litton Trails
When: 10:00am, Tuesday, July 15
Meet: Meet at the Hughes Rd Trailhead (1/4 mile south of Ridge Road), Grass Valley
Cost: Free

This is a FREE outing to introduce you to some of the local trails. For July we will be walking the Litton Trail from Hughes road towards Sierra College, then we’ll continue on the loop around Sierra College, make a brief stop at BriarPatch for refreshments, and then head back to our cars. Level: Mostly easy – approximately 4 miles round trip (For a shorter route you have the option of just walking the segment between Hughes and Dorsey). Bring water, wear good hiking shoes.

For more information email melony@bylt.org. Reservations NOT required.

Treks Through Time Van Norden Meadow & Royal Gorge
When: 8:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, July 19
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Level: Moderate with some Strenuous climbs/descents- approx 4 miles at 7,500′ elev

Truckee Donner Land Trust recently acquired Van Norden Meadow for public access and recreation. TDLT is proud to show off this landmark property and will be leading us onto a new loop trail where we will have the opportunity to experience different perspectives of the Sierra Crest and gain a whole new appreciation of the importance of this critically situated open space.

Registration and prepayment required. Email melony@bylt.org to register.

Our First-Ever AquaTrek!
Kayaking on Lake Spaulding

When: 8:00am-2:00pm, Sunday, July 20
Suggested Donation: $12 BYLT Members, $17 Not-Yet-Members
Notes: You must bring your own kayak, paddle, and life vest (or rent them from Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley)
Level: All levels of experience welcome

Barbara Price, kayaker extraordinaire, will lead us on our first-ever AquaTrek! This flat water kayaking adventure will be held on beautiful Lake Spaulding in the Grouse Ridge area. We will take a leisurely paddle around the lake, slowing to admire the wildlife (eagles, turtles, and ?) and wildflowers. We’ll find a spot on shore to eat our lunches or possibly just raft-up and eat out on the lake. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a hot summer day on a cool lake!

Registration and prepayment required. Email melony@bylt.org for more information or to register.

(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)

Pioneer Trail & White Cloud Campground

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White Cloud Campground is located near Nevada City and three historic mining towns along Highway 20. The campground is situated in a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees, at an elevation of 4,200 feet and provides a great escape from urban life.

The Pioneer Trail stretches 25 miles through the Tahoe National Forest and can be accessed from the campground. The popular path was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003. Horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are favorite activities on this popular trail.

Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.32056, -120.84528
39°19’14″N, 120°50’43″W

From Nevada City, travel east on Highway 20, toward Truckee. Turn right at White Cloud and take the right fork to the campground.

From Interstate 80, take the Highway 20 exit and travel west for 14 miles. Turn left into White Cloud and take the right fork to the campground.

Find other Nevada County parks and campsites here.

(Soure: Tahoe Recreation)

Governor Brown approves full funding for Bridgeport Covered Bridge

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Fans of the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge rejoiced at the news today that Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s final budget, which allocates $1.3 million to immediately start work to fully restore and reopen the bridge.

“Because we joined together as a community and made our voice heard in Sacramento, the Bridgeport Covered Bridge will receive the attention it needs so that it may be enjoyed for generations to come,” said Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston whose district includes this State and National Landmark, considered the longest single span wooden bridge in the world.

Members of the grass roots campaign committee known as “Save Our Bridge” mobilized the community to contact State Legislators and the Governor throughout the months long state budget process. As a result, hundreds of letters, calls and emails flooded the State Capitol, and local elected officials and community leaders made multiple pilgrimages to Sacramento to advocate for this iconic historic structure built in 1862.

“We have demonstrated once again how powerful a force a united community can be,” said Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League. “I am so proud of the hard working members of the ‘Save Our Bridge’ Committee led by the South Yuba River Park Association and including the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the Chambers of Commerce, elected leaders, State Parks staff, and many concerned citizens. We proved that people can save the bridge.”

The bridge has been closed since 2011 when the Department of Parks and Recreation closed the bridge to pedestrian traffic after an engineering survey found severe and unsafe structural problems. Parks staff will begin the bridge stabilization project this fall according to District Superintendent Matt Green. The approved funding includes $318,000 for the initial planning and permitting, and $1 million of Proposition 84 funds for restoration.

“Because of the incredible efforts of our entire community, this irreplaceable resource and property of the citizens of California may now be restored to its proper condition,” said Dave Anderson, President of the South Yuba River Park Association. “On behalf of our Committee, I would like to thank the Governor, and our State representatives, Senator Jim Nielsen and Assembly member Brian Dahle. I would also like to acknowledge the Budget Subcommittees and Catherine Freeman for their critical support. Most of all, I want to single out State Park Superintendent Matthew Green, who has been an exemplary public servant and partner to our community.”

“Now we must stay on top of the restoration project to make sure our iconic bridge is reopened as soon as possible because for the past three years now, we have seen children and their families come to visit the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, only to be turned away from truly experiencing this historical treasure,” said Doug Moon, Chairman of the Save Our Bridge Committee.

The fight to save the bridge united Nevada County politically when the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Grass Valley City Council, Nevada City City Council, and the Truckee Town Council all approved unanimous resolutions urging state lawmakers to support restoring and reopening the bridge.

“Our State Parks are critical to our local economy and appreciated by residents and visitors, alike. We thank the State Legislature and Governor for including these funds in the budget,” said Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris. Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller concurred, saying, “The Bridgeport Bridge is an important part of California’s history and we must do all that is reasonably necessary for its preservation and enjoyment.”

The South Yuba River State Park attracts up to 890,000 annual visitors and people from all over the world come to see Bridgeport, an important Gold Rush era toll bridge on the Virginia Turnpike built in 1862 by sawmill owner David Wood.

- South Yuba River Citizens League

(Photo: Michael Weissenborn)

Nevada County releases interactive recreation web map

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Nevada County has enhanced the previous Trail Web Map as a new Recreation Viewer Application. In addition to trails, the map can now be used to search for campgrounds, parks, and golf courses.

The county hopes to add even more recreation opportunities in the future such as disc golf courses and off highway vehicle (OHV) trails. This web map can be accessed by any PC, tablet, or smartphone and is available at http://gis.nevcounty.net/recreation.

The map allows a user to pan and zoom around a county map showing all known public trails, campgrounds, parks, and golf courses. You can search for a recreation resource by name by clicking on the magnifying glass, or simply click on one of the resources on the map to discover its name and other information.

For many resources an additional link will take you to a website such as the Bear Yuba Land Trust Trail Map, a State Park Brochure, or a campground or golf course website. You can also click on the locate button on the left to zoom to your current location.

Nevada County offers abundant outdoor recreational activities. This interactive web map is just one more resource to help you get out and explore our amazing outdoor attributes.

If you would like to give feedback regarding missing or incorrect recreation resource locations, or additional recreation features you would like to see featured, please send an email to mapinquiry@co.nevada.ca.us.

Source: Nevada County Executive Officer’s Friday Memo

Penn Valley’s Mule & Donkey Show

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The Penn Valley Rodeo presents the 2nd annual Mule & Donkey Show this June 27, 28, 29 – think Bishop Mule Days without having to cross the Sierra.

The free-to-watch, three day event includes classes in Performance, Cattle, Halter, Trial, Western and English riding, packing and Gymkhana.

(Source: Penn Valley Rodeo)

Celebration of Trails Hiking Itineraries

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Celebration of Trails
When: June 7, 2014, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Trail Fair Headquarters – Parking Lot County of Nevada, Rood Center
Cost: Free!

Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with the community to host a number of guided outings on local trails in Nevada County for the annual “Celebration of Trails.”

Coinciding with National Trails Day, the event held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 is open to all and is meant to encourage more people to get outdoors on local trails. More than 20 local organizations, outdoor experts and trail advocates are coming together to organize 14 different outings.

A Trails Day Headquarters will be set up in the parking lot of Nevada County’s Rood Center parking lot, across from the trailhead of the Hirschman Trail. People can stop by for local trail information and maps, grab a cup of coffee and a baked good from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and pick up the day’s schedule. Booths include: Bear Yuba Land Trust with manzanita cider provided by Living Wild, BONC, maps from Nevada County Planning Department, Tahoe National Forest, YBONC and more!

After an introduction by local dignitaries, a number of outings will depart on foot and carpool style from the Rood Center. Afterward, folks will gather at Matteo’s Public for spirits and camaraderie.

A Taste of the South Yuba River: Hank Meals will lead this moderate five-mile hike to a dramatic landscape in the South Yuba Canyon. Participants will hike upstream to Long Point and a descent of the spur trail to the river. This is about a 5.5 mile round trip. As close as this scenic area is to town few people are aware of it. Features along the trail include two bedrock mortar locations, mining sites, a small waterfall and a gorgeous view of the South Yuba canyon.

Meet between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center. Participants will return by 1 p.m

Bike Rides with BONC (Bicyclists of Nevada County)

Family Mountain Bike Ride and Clinic – BONC guide Ellen Lapham will lead this one-hour, six-mile ride designed for families. On this scenic and informational ride families will learn about safety and cycling etiquette, rules of the road and tips for a fun and enjoyable ride. Helmets are required.

Meet at 9 a.m. at Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.

Intermediate mountain bike ride on Hirschman’s trail – BONC member Jane Ragan will lead this file-mile round trip, one hour ride. The historic and scenic trail features the Hirschman’s Pond named after the Hirschman brothers, early pioneer miners and merchants of the area. Bicyclists will also see a 40-foot long trestle. West of the pond, the trail narrows and meanders through oak woodlands, pine forests and grasslands. Helmets are required.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead just off Highway 49 on Cement Hill Road (park in the Rood Center parking lot).

Advanced mountain bike ride on The Round Mountain trails. BONC members Orion Kroeger and Cameron Echternacht will lead this two-hour ride with 2000 feet of climbing. The Round Mountain trails include steeps through the woods and views of the South Yuba River. Other features include a climb of the Rock Creek Flume trail to Lower Hudson, the overlook at Coyote Ledge and Upper Hudson, and the Up and Over trail. The return ride includes switchbacks to the South Yuba trail and Purdon Crossing and a final climb back out. Those sensitive to poison oak should wear high socks and arm coverings. Helmets are required.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center to carpool or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Purdon and Rector

Black Swan Hike: Stephen Hein of Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy will lead this hike traversing some of the newly-built trails around the Black Swan pond and hydraulic cliffs. Participants may see nesting sites of swifts, swallows and the little green heron. The site is located at 1,000 feet elevation in the foothill oak woodlands with views of the lower Yuba River, Slack’s Ravine and Deer Creek.

Meet at 9:30 in the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling. Participants will return at 2 p.m.

Day Hike at Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area: Richard Thomas of Friends of Spenceville and Sierra Club will lead this 4 to 5 mile hike on the Pittman Road West from Spenceville through the blue oak woodlands to Horseshoe Pond and back. This is easy terrain along an old road. Participants will watch for birds and late wildflowers. Bring water, sunscreen, good footwear, lunch and binoculars. Alternately, depending on the groups’ familiarity with Spenceville, there could be a hike to Fairy Falls.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters to carpool or meet at the Spenceville town site at 9 a.m.

Empire Mine State Historic Park: Hard Rock Trail Walk: Greg Sherr will lead this easy to moderate level walk starting at the Penn Gate Parking Area on East Empire Street at 9 a.m. During the hike, Sherr will discuss the natural and historic aspects of the park. The hike is two miles and will take approximately two hours.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Penn Gate Parking Area on East Empire Street, Grass Valley.

Equestrian Ride Lone Grave – Gold Country Trails Council Annual 2014 Poker Ride at Skillman Horse Camp, 15 miles east of Nevada City in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. This is an 8-mile easy to moderate difficulty ride for experienced riders. There is a fee and pre-registration is required. For more information contact Linda 273-6346, Linda@mtnequestrian.com. Entry forms are available at: www.goldcountrytrailscouncil.org

Family Friendly Wheelchair Accessible Nature Hunt at Hirschman’s Pond: Local outdoor enthusiast Ana Acton of FREED and artist/ history buff, Robyn Martin of OLALA Farms will lead a stroll & roll to the pond. Along the way Robyn will identify plants and how they can be used for food and medicine. This trek is kid friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the trailhead off of Cement Hill Road.

Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake: Robert Kelly will lead this moderate four-mile round trip Sierra Club Hike from Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling.

Malakoff Diggins Guided Geology Tour: Geoscientist and naturalist David Lawler will lead this special hiking tour of key points of interest at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Lawler will share his knowledge of the ancient Yuba River system and historic mining in the northern Sierra region. Participants will visit the Malakoff pit, Hiller and Lake City sluice tunnel portals, LeDu hydraulic diggins, and more… If you are interested in deep time and gold, this is the hike for you.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center for carpooling.

Nevada City Tree Tour Nevada County Walkers will host two tree tours in downtown Nevada City. Local Arborist Zeno Acton will lead a tour geared toward children and families and Roger McGehee of California Native Plant Society will lead another. This is an all-abilities tour open to everyone with numerous stops along the way.

Meet at 9 a.m. for the family-based tour and 9:30 for the adult tour at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.

Rattlesnake Trail with Gene Haroldsen and Bob Goar. The three-mile hike meanders along canals and forest glades in the Rattlesnake Road and Rattlesnake Ridge neighborhoods.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the most northerly intersection of Highland Drive and Rattlesnake Road.

Sugar Loaf Mountain: Ray Bryars, Walkability Advocate, Trails Volunteer and Scotch Broom Puller will lead this Walk up Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy views overlooking Nevada City and if the weather is clear, out to the coastal range and into the Sierra Nevadas. Learn a little about the local area and some of the characters of the early gold mining days. Compare some of the early day photographs with recent pictures taken by local photographer Dave McLellan.

Difficulty: Fairly steep uphill, but the group will walk slow and stop often on this 1 ½ hour walk.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center. Participants will carpool to the trailhead.

Trail Maintenance of Hirschman Pond Trail: Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Trails Coordinator Bill Haire will have hand tools for those who want to clear brush from the edges of the Hirschman Tail. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, insect repellant, sun block, hat, gloves and bring water.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.

Tribute Trail: Amber Taxiera of The Sierra Fund will lead this 6-mile guided easy-to-moderate walk along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Learn about the regions rich heritage and how this ongoing trail project pays tribute to the region’s inhabitants. Participants will learn about new trail segments and the new Nisenan Bridge that will connect to the Environs Loop. There may even be an opportunity to get hands dirty and pull some weeds along certain sections of trails.

Meet at 9 a.m. in the Trails Day Headquarters, Rood Center.

Walk-Along The Environs Loop of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail: Ori Chafe of Sierra Streams Institute will lead this easy three-mile walk featuring new field guides created by students from Yuba River Charter School as well as local natural history and the Nisenan Rancheria of Nevada City.

Meet at 11 a.m. at the corner of Zion and Jordan Streets in Nevada City.

For more information about these and other Nevada County trails, click here.

Thank You to our Celebration of Trails 2014 Community Partners and Supporters:

BONC, Far West Geoscience Foundation, FREED, Friends of Spenceville, Gold Country Trails Council, Living Wild, Hank Meals, Matteo’s Public, Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada County Planning Department, Nevada County Walkers, OLALA Farms, Outside Inn, Ray Bryars, Sierra Club, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Sierra Streams Institute, State Parks, Tahoe National Forest, The Sierra Fund, Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop and YBONC.

(Source: Bear Yuba Land Trust)

Sales of Anchor California Lager to benefit Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Since May, Anchor California Lager has been available in six-pack cans and a portion of the proceeds are going toward Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley.

The little-known program stems from a partnership between San Francisco-based Anchor Brewing Co., the California State Parks Foundation and National Parks Conservation Association.

Empire Mine Park Association is one of only three groups selected in California for the grant program known as “Anchor California Lager Grants.” The others are the Coastside State Parks Association at Half Moon Bay and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

In the case of Empire Mine: “Beginning in the late 1970s, staff and volunteers at the Empire Mine State Historic Park recorded interviews with former miners and supervisors to capture some of the history of the operation of the mine.

“Those interviews were recorded on cassette tapes that are now quite aged and fragile. Our grant will allow Empire Mine Park Associate to digitize many of these interviews and materials, including selected text translations and articles on the Association’s website where they will be readily available to the public.”

Anchor Brewing Company’s roots date back to the California Gold Rush, making it one of America’s oldest breweries. “Anchor California Lager is the brewery’s re-creation of the first genuine lager brewed in the Golden State,” according to AllAboutBeer.com. “It is brewed with two-row barley and Cluster hops and is kräusened and lagered in Anchor’s cellars.”

California is home to 280 state parks and 26 of America’s 401 national parks. This year the California State Parks celebrate their 150th anniversary, along with Yosemite National Park.

(Source: Sierra FoodWineArt)

Western stars including Clint Walker coming to Gold Rush Days in Grass Valley

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The Grass Valley Downtown Association is honored to announce that this year’s Gold Rush Days will feature western movie and television stars Clint Walker, Johnny Crawford, Peter Sherayko and Charlie LeSueur on June 21-22 in historic Downtown Grass Valley.

Clint Walker is a local legend best known for his cowboy role as “Cheyenne Bodie” in the western television series “Cheyenne”; Johnny Crawford was nominated for an Emmy award at age 13 for his role as the son of Lucas McCain (played by Chuck Connors) in “The Rifleman.”

Peter Sherayko is an actor, historian and filmmaker best known for his work on western movies such as “Tombstone” and television shows like “Deadwood” for HBO; and Charlie LeSueur is a well-known Western film historian, writer and actor.

Gold Rush Days, now in its second year, will feature two days of non-stop action. With help from our friends from the Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba Trust, Nevada County Historical Society and the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, Gold Rush Days will take you back in time to 1853.

Both Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 p.m. we will feature reenactments, gold panning, blacksmithing, demonstrations, music, exhibits, a Saturday night “Hoe-Down” and BBQ, Sunday morning cowboy church followed by a pancake breakfast benefiting the Hospice of the Foothills and more.

“We are absolutely honored to have the opportunity to host these celebrities here in Grass Valley. We will be showing some of their films at 151 Union Square during the event, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet them” said Julia Jordan, Executive Director.

For more information about Gold Rush Days, call 530-272-8315 or visit
http://www.historicgrassvalley.com/gold-rush-days.asp

Nevada County plans a “Celebration of Trails” for June 7

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What: Celebration of Trails
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7
Where: Trail Fair Headquarters – Parking Lot, County of Nevada, Rood Center
Cost: Free

Bear Yuba Land Trust is teaming up with the community to host a number of guided outings on local trails in Nevada County for the annual “Celebration of Trails.”

Coinciding with National Trails Day, the event held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, is open to all and is meant to encourage more people to get outdoors on local trails. More than 20 local organizations, outdoor experts and trail advocates are coming together to organize 14 different outings.

A trails day headquarters will be set up in the parking lot of Nevada County’s Rood Center parking lot, across from the trailhead of the Hirschman Trail. People can stop by for local trail information and maps, grab a cup of coffee and a baked good from Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and pick up the day’s schedule.

After an introduction by local dignitaries, a number of outings will depart, carpool style from the Rood Center. Afterward, folks will gather at Matteo’s Public for spirits and camaraderie.

Events include a five-mile hike in the South Yuba Canyon led by Hank Meals, three bike rides led by Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), a hike at Black Swan led by Stephen Hein of Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy, a day hike at Spenceville Wildlife and Recreation Area led by Richard Thomas of Friends of Spenceville, and a walk on the Hard Rock Trail at Empire Mine led by State Park Ranger Greg Sherr.

They also include equestrian ride at Lone Grave led by Gold Country Trails Council, a family friendly wheelchair accessible nature hunt at Hirschman’s Pond led by Ana Acton of FREED and Robyn Martin of OLALA Farms, and a four-mile hike from Lang’s Crossing to Spaulding Lake led by Sierra Club.

Other events are a guided geology tour at Malakoff Diggins State Park led by Geoscientist David Lawler of Far West Geoscience Foundation, a Nevada City tree tour led by Nevada County Walkers, a walk to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain led by Ray Bryars, a six-mile walk on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail led by Amber Taxiera of The Sierra Fund, and a walk on the Environs Loop Trail led by Ori Chafe of Sierra Streams Institute.

For more information visit: www.bylt.org

—Laura Brown, Bear Yuba Land Trust

11th annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament

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11th Annual Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament
An adult, co-ed 2-day tournament Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25.

Drew Reynolds was an avid softball player, soccer player, fisherman and all around great sportsman. He was an awesome father, husband and friend. Drew worked for United Parcel Service for twelve years when he was killed on January 6, 2004, in an auto accident, by a man on methamphedamines.

What his brother in law, Mike Malarae started in honor of him and to help Drew’s young girls start a college fund has turned into the Drew Reynolds Memorial Softball Tournament, a Memorial weekend tradition honoring he and others we have lost in our community. Proceeds to Benefit Drug Prevention and Educational Programs throughout the local community.

Every year the funds are directed to different organizations in need. The main focus is adolescent drug prevention & education programs through CoRR (Community Recovery Resources). These funds have supported drug prevention assemblies at the local high school, where Baylee, Drew’s oldest daughter, was able to speak on how you don’t have to be the one doing drugs for your life to be affected by them. She was also a guest speaker at an open air concert that we helped fund put on by the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.

These funds are also donated to Anew Day, a non profit organization that offers counseling free of charge to our community. Anything from drug and suicide to grief counseling, they are there to help.

Recently, the family of Drew as graciously decided to allow the Rotary Club of Penn Valley to carry on the legacy and host the tournament.

Registration is open now to participate in the tournament. Play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

(Source: Penn Valley Rotary Club)