News and Links
Yesterday was another great day for conservation along the lower Yuba River – the Wildlife Conservation Board approved the acquisition of Phase 2 of the Black Swan, 108 gorgeous acres between Highway 20 and the Yuba River. This means that to date almost 600 acres of...
Our good friends at the Bear-Yuba Land Trust are now the proud conservation-owners of 50 acres of the Black Swan, including the historic gold-bearing escarpments and wildlife-rich lakes. We’ll be working together on a trail through to the...
Presented by the Bear-Yuba Land Trust, January 2012 The ride started at Blue Point Mine, once one of the richest hydraulic mines in the state - though all that now remains of the multi-million dollar industry are looming escarpments and lush...
In the News and Online
- California Swan Festival: It’s not just for the birds
Chris Kaufman, Appeal-Democrat, November 14, 2015
- A “rewarding project”
Matthew Renda, The Union, Sept. 20, 2012
- Video: Black Swan land the Yuba River, Nevada County, CA
The Union, Sept. 19, 2012
- Land conservation benefits from economic downturn
Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 30, 2011
- Developers’ bust proves a boon for land trusts
Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 19. 2009
- The Excelsior Project on YouTube
- The Excelsior Project on Facebook – Become a Fan!
- Blog: The Excelsior Chronicles
- Photo Tour of The Excelsior Project – by Peter Rashkin
Additional resources about the region, local history and the environment
- Bear Yuba Land Trust
- Smartsville and Timbuctoo
Extensive excerpt of book by Kathleen Smith and Lane Parker, with many old photos
- The Smartsville & Timbuctoo Project
- Smartsville Church Restoration Fund
- Calling Back the Salmon: Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Days
- Giant Gold Machines – Hydraulic Mining
“Nature here reminds one of a princess fallen into the hands of robbers who cut off her fingers for the jewels she wears.”
- Hydraulic mining – Wikipedia
- Hydraulic Gold Mining in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains