Bear Yuba Land Trust launches Save Land campaign, seeks to protect 20,000 acres by 2020


Culbertsons Lake

Culbertson Lake is part of a new easement in the Grouse Ridge that will soon have a conservation easement in place, forever protecting important habitat for sensitive species like the wolverine and Northern Goshawk. Photo by Elias Grant

By Laura Petersen, Community Engagement Manager, Bear Yuba Land Trust

In 2017, important landscapes in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds weathered an onslaught of natural disasters including flooding, heat waves, bark beetle infestations, and wildfire.
In an effort to support the natural resources that have always sustained the people, plants, and animals who live within and downstream of these watersheds, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is inviting the community to participate in a community “Save Land” campaign.

“The land on the Western slope of the Sierra Nevada, where the Bear and Yuba Rivers and their many tributaries flow, is a hotspot for plant and animal biodiversity. From the mountain meadows and lakes in the east to the vernal pools and perennial wetlands in the west, we live in an area greatly enhanced by our water and land resources,” said Director of Land Stewardship Erin Tarr.


Bear Yuba Land Trust volunteer Roger Funston and Director of Land Stewardship Erin Tarr on a recent monitoring visit to the high country.

Founded 27 years ago, BYLT is a community-supported not-for-profit organization that has preserved over 12,000 acres and has an ambitious new goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020. This season, an anonymous local donor stepped forward with a generous gift to support the land conservation work of BYLT by matching dollar for dollar every donation gifted to the BYLT year-end Land Appeal, up to $40,000.

“Thanks to the generosity of a caring individual, everyone who donates to the Land Appeal before December 31, 2017 can double their money and their

impact.” said the BYLT Executive Director, Marty Coleman-Hunt.

“Now more than ever, the land needs our help,” said Coleman-Hunt. “Nature is capable of coming back, if we help it along, and we don’t get in the way with poor land use and management. Our survival depends on this.”

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is committed to preserving and protecting the long-term health of forests, oak woodlands, ranches, urban nature preserves, and upper watershed lands. Conserving these lands provides a place for plants and animals to thrive as they adapt to a changing climate; enhances world-class outdoor recreation; and ensures that the cultural and biological heritage of forests, farms, and ranches is sustained.

“A rural quality of life is something we all cherish at BYLT. Keeping ranchers and small farmers on land that is healthy and economically viable for their

operations is very important to us. We believe that there can and should be a balance between continuing to manage our working landscapes through sustainable forestry and grazing practices as

"Save the Land" campaign

Participate in BYLT’s “Save Land” campaign and help the organization reach its goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020. Photo by Erin Tarr

well as protecting critical habitats for wildlife to adapt and evolve to our changing environment,” said Erin Tarr.


In December, BYLT will release a series of stories from the land. These include:

  • Restoration along the middle Bear River, on BYLT’s 650-acre Garden Bar Preserve, where native perennial grasses are being planted and water sources are being installed.
  • A ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the new Higgins Pond Preserve near Lake of the Pines.
  • Updates on Urban Community Conservation Projects at Adam Ryan Preserve, Burton Homestead and Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve.
  • Creation of a pollinator meadow on a private ranch on Indian Springs Road.

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