Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Open Spaces and Wild Places – Gala Celebration of Land set for Sept. 10

Submitted by Laura Petersen, BYLT

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for an end-of-Summer Gala to be held outdoors under the oaks at one of BYLT’s most spectacular permanently protected ranches.

Imagine a farm-to-fork dinner, dancing under the stars to a live Salsa band, a nature-themed art show, and an entertaining live and silent auction in a legacy Nevada County cattle and horse ranch setting.  It’s the Land Trust’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

This year the organization wants to take people outdoors to experience the beauty of one of the most important agricultural conservation easements in our community.  Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the beautiful Linden Lea Ranch.

“This year we want to offer people a chance to experience BYLT’s mission of conserving open spaces and wilderness areas. The 800-acre Linden Lea Ranch is one of several ranches that we protect with an agricultural conservation easement which permanently prevents development of important agricultural land. This is the first time we’ve done something like this and in the future, each year, we will hold our big Gala at a different farm, ranch, or protected open space – from the oak woodlands of the foothills to the mixed conifer forests of the high Sierra.  We want people to experience the diversity of landscapes the Land Trust protects,” said Development and Programs Manager Melony Vance.

 Land, local food, auction, art and dancing = FUN!

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land. Guests can sample appetizers and sip signature cocktails, local wine from Coufos Cellars or favorite micro-brews while strolling an elegant art show, meeting local artists or perusing a Silent Auction with dozens of items.

Gourmet Chef Emily Scott-Arbaugh from Emily’s Catering will delight Land Trust supporters with an elegant, locally-procured farm dinner prepared using seasonal foods. Nevada County Free Range Beef will be the centerpiece of the meal, in honor of Cowboy Jim Gates, long-time Land Trust partner who grazes his cattle at Linden Lea and Garden Bar Preserve. Salmon and vegetarian options are also available served family style along with the freshest summer side dishes and a decadent dessert to round out the meal.

At 7 p.m., get ready to dance, with hot Latin Jazz music by Sacramento-based Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Jazz Band. A Live Auction will take place at intermission followed by more music and dancing outdoors until twilight.

Founded in 1990, BYLT is a private, non-profit, membership-supported group promoting voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural resources in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and foothills. BYLT saves land, builds trails and offers programs to get people outdoors and encounter nature.

Tickets for Open Spaces and Wild Places are limited: $100 member; $125 general, with table reservations available upon request.  All proceeds go directly to the Land Trust mission of land conservation.

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