What’s Coming Up in March: Bear Yuba Land Trust Treks and Events

Submitted by Laura Petersen

View from the Connector Trail. Photo submitted by BYLT

View from the Connector Trail. Photo submitted by BYLT

What: Yuba Rim Trail
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11
Where: Yuba Rim Trail, Rice’s Crossing Preserve, Yuba County
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Distance: 6.75 miles
Cost: Free, Donations Welcome

Register: www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust staff and Trail Adopters for this moderate to challenging hike along the Yuba Rim Trail. Located on Rice’s Crossing Preserve, the trail began in 2015 and will continue to be developed in the year ahead. “This outing will be fairly challenging but the wonderful views will help you forget about some of the demanding elevation gain,” said Land Access Manager Shaun Clarke.

This is an opportunity to learn about trail building in the wild and a little background about how the Land Trust acquired the property. Anticipate some plant identification, local lore and naturalist observation. Hikers will travel to the end of the trail and beyond for a bit of steep scrambling to another vista point. Experienced hikers only please as grades will triple in difficulty once we leave the trail. We’ll stop for lunch at the vista point for some spectacular views.

BYLT has received a grant from the California Department of Natural Resources to improve and extend the trail, parking areas and enhance recreational amenities. Hikers of this special outing will get a glimpse of future trail extensions, including the Black Diamond Yuba Drop. Dress appropriately, bring sturdy, weather-proof footwear, water, lunch and binoculars or camera. This is an all day excursion, carpooling recommended. Pre-registration is required.
Learn more about the Yuba Rim Trail: http://www.bylt.org/trail/yuba-rim-trail/

What: Oak Tree Bash: Annual Award Ceremony and Membership Meeting
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14
Where: North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road
Cost: $10 at the door
Register: www.bylt.org

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) in recognizing three lifetime conservationists – Ted Beedy, Ron Mathis, and Warren Wittich during the annual Oak Tree Bash.
During this fun community gathering, the Land Trust will honor esteemed Ornithologist Ted Beedy with the William Nickerl Award for Conservation Leadership. Long-time community heroes Ron Mathis will be recognized for his work with the North Star House and Warren Wittich will be recognized for his work with Independence Trail when they are awarded the John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

During Happy Hour, guests can sample gourmet local food from area restaurants and sip microbrews and local wine from Lucchesi Vineyard, served from a no-host bar. At this Annual Meeting for BYLT members and supporters, the community will learn about expanded protection of lands in the upper watershed, updates on ongoing restoration work like the Rush Creek Ramp, and new projects like treks, trails, and youth programs.

Yewei'Im Bom Trail Sign

Photo submitted by BYLT

What: Native Ways and Plant Walk on Yewei’im Bom Trail with Grayson Coney
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25
Where: Burton Homestead Preserve
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1 mile
Cost: $15 members; $20 Not-Yet-Members
Register: www.bylt.org

Don’t miss this opportunity for a guided Native Ways and Plant Walk on BYLT’s new Yewei’im Bom Trail with Tsi Akim Cultural Director Grayson Coney. Grayson will talk about the progressive changes happening at the Burton Homestead using science and ancient knowledge. “We’re using science and nature to heal this place,” said Grayson of the preserve impacted by historic gold mining and cattle ranching. Hikers will learn about the native plants being re-introduced to this beautiful 38-acre preserve.

This one-mile loop trail was established in the spring of 2016 by hardworking volunteers. It traverses a variety of landscapes such as meadow, chaparral, mixed conifer forest and wetland habitat. Evidence of Native American people living on the property date back to as many as 5,000 years ago. The Tsi-Akim Maidu manage a village area or cultural center with bark houses on the property known as “Pata Panaka.” Pre-registration is required.

Learn more about the Yewei’im Bom Trail here.