Buttermilk Bend Trail

IN THE FOOTHILLS, LOCALS AND VISITORS have long welcomed spring’s arrival with a walk among the wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park in Nevada County. Docents provide guided wildflower walks on weekends through May 14. The Buttermilk Bend Trail, which winds above the wild and scenic South Yuba River, is highly regarded for the […]

Stewards of the Yuba River

“It takes a village” to protect the Yuba watershed. Here are some of the locals who have been part of the effort—from all walks of life: JOHN OLMSTED Naturalist and Conservationist Inspired by John Muir, Olmsted worked tirelessly to create wild areas, open space, trails and parks in our region. He preserved parcels that became […]

SYRCL’s “Yuba Salmon Now” campaign

SINCE IT BEGAN 32 YEARS AGO, THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER Citizens League has become the nation’s largest single-river grassroots watershed organization with 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers. The long-term focus of SYRCL’s advocacy work has to do with restoring wild salmon, now in jeopardy of extinction, to the upper Yuba. “We recognize that salmon […]

Damnation film to screen at Nevada Theatre

The South Yuba River Citizens League’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival and American Rivers bring you a screening of the film DamNation followed by a discussion on Yuba salmon as part of the Nevada Theater film series on July 20, 2014. Funds raised benefit American Rivers & SYRCL’s Yuba Salmon Now Campaign. This powerful film […]

Local “Save Our Bridge” committee launches letter campaign to save Bridgeport

This week, a community committee called “Save Our Bridge” is launching a letter writing and phone call campaign to State Legislators in an effort to save the iconic Bridgeport wooden covered bridge. State Parks closed the bridge in 2011 after engineers found severe and unsafe structural problems. Engineers estimate it will cost over $1 million […]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on January 9-12

EACH JANUARY, THE FOOTHILLS HOSTS one of the nation’s premier environmental film festivals. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the South Yuba River Citizens League, draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists and world adventurers to Nevada City and Grass Valley. The 12th annual festival takes place Thurs.-Sun., January 9-12, largely at historic venues […]

How SYRCL protects the South Yuba River

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” —Gary Snyder NOBODY SAID IT BETTER, AND NOBODY KNOWS BETTER than this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, whose home is the South Yuba River watershed. But some people don’t treat it like home. Despite its awesome beauty, the South Yuba has been threatened by dams and development, […]

SYRCL turns 30 @ Wild & Scenic Film Festival

THE SOUTH YUBA RIVER CITIZENS League is the leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Yuba River and the greater Yuba watershed, a world-class recreation destination. SYRCL (pronounced “circle”) was founded through a rural, grassroots campaign to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams—an epic environmental battle in California. It has […]

Wild & Scenic Festival turns 10

THE INAUGURAL WILD & SCENIC Film Festival was an informal gathering at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. Rivers and Tides, a 2001 documentary, was shown. Actor Peter Coyote and poet Gary Snyder spoke. Though little known, the event organized by the South Yuba River Citizens League (or SYRCL) was a sell out. In January […]