Bear Yuba Land Trust recently received a $312,217 grant to develop recreation amenities for Rice’s Crossing Preserve, a six-mile stretch along the Yuba River.
Over the next two years, parking areas, picnic ramadas, informational kiosks, restrooms and more than seven miles of new trails will be constructed on the 2,700-acre preserve. The California Natural Resources Agency awarded the grant.
“We are thrilled to be awarded this important grant that will allow us to create public access features that were envisioned when we acquired the property,” said, Marty Coleman-Hunt, the nonprofit’s executive director.
Rice’s Crossing Preserve was acquired in 2014 by Bear Yuba Land Trust. It includes the north fork and main stem of the Yuba River in Nevada and Yuba counties between Bullards Bar Reservoir and South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport and Englebright Reservoir.
“This grant is an amazing opportunity for BYLT to expand our existing trail system along the Yuba River and provide an educational experience for youth and adults to learn about our natural landscapes, Native American history and the vast water conveyance system that we all rely on,” said Erin Tarr, the organization’s Director of Land Stewardship.