Yuba Lit Presents – SHE PERSISTED: Bold Women Artists

Featuring BRIDGET QUINN, author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)


Reading with Bridget Quinn: NEVADA COUNTY ARTISTS Deborah Bridges, LeeAnn Brook, Ruth Chase, Amanda Paoletti and Jerianne Van Dijk sharing personal tales of how they persisted in making their art.

“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists. Spunky, attitudinal, smart writing . . .” —NPR

The Stonehouse
107 Sacramento St., Nevada City
$10 at the door
No-host bar. Doors open 7 p.m. for drinks and mingling
RSVP to save your seat by emailing yubalit@gmail.com


Music in the Mountains 37th Anniversary SummerFest Concert

For more than thirty-seven years, Music in the Mountains SummerFest has been Northern California’s premier summer concert series, featuring exciting outdoor performances and sophisticated chamber concerts, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can transform lives and communities.

Led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen and resident conductor Ryan Murray, SummerFest stretches over the course of eleven days from June 23 through July 3 and welcomes over 65 professional musicians and thousands of attendees to the beautiful park-like setting of the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.

This year’s program embodies the bold spirit of summer – everything is singing and alive; promising the best of what might be!  Beginning with an enchanting evening of Handel and Bach and finishing with a spirited Patriotic Pops, SummerFest also includes Brahms Serenade No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony, a tribute to American greats and the unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and the evocative and intoxicating songs of thwarted love from Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, and more!

Fact Sheet: SummerFest

Saturday, June 23: Garden Party – Dunham Estate in Grass Valley, 6pm

A summer garden party at the sprawling Dunham Estate in Grass Valley.  The evening features dinner, dessert, and a concert with Purcell’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Water Music Suite in F, and Robin Mayforth performing Vivaldi’s Summer from the Four Seasons.

Sunday, June 24: Brahms Serenade – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, Doors 2:00pm, Show 3pm

A sublime chamber concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in c minor, op. 66 and Serenade No. 1, the charming yet rigorous score that was the genesis of Brahms’ great symphonies.

Tuesday, June 26: Summer Brass – Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley – Doors 6:00pm, Show 7:00pm

Featuring the Music in the Mountains Brass in a spirited program of music from the Renaissance to now.

Thursday, June 28: Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An epic concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s luscious 2nd Symphony under the towering pines of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The drama opens with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and then into a dreamlike Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss sung by soprano, Carrie Hennessey.

Saturday, June 30: Bernstein & Gershwin – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

A concert under the stars celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th and George Gershwin’s 120th Anniversaries with music from Westside Story, Candide, Strike up the Band, and more! The night will culminate with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Richard Glazier.

Sunday, July 1 : Music of Love & Drama – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm

An orchestral program sizzling with romance and heartbreak by moonlight, featuring the tragedies of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy featuring 9 year-old violin prodigy, Amaryn Olmeda, The Force of Destiny, and more.

Tuesday, July 3: Patriotic Pops – Great Lawn, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gates 6:30pm, Show 8:00pm

Pack the family picnic basket, wave the flag, and honor America. Celebrate under the stars….and the stripes! Patriotic favorites, including Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” It’s a Music in the Mountains SummerFest finale tradition.

Tickets are $30/Advance, $40 at the Gate, $10 for Students.  4 Concert Tickets for $99 (Good until 5/31), Reserve a table for 6 for $99.  For tickets and more information call (530) 265-6124, visit our website at www.MusicInTheMountains.org or visit our box office Tuesday-Friday between noon and 4pm at 530 Searls Ave, Suite A, Nevada City.

Nevada City Film Festival Presents Movies Under the Pines

For summer 2018, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family, Saturdays, June 16, July 28 and Aug 18 at the Pioneer Park Bandshell in Nevada City.

NCFF carefully selects films that both kids and parents will enjoy.  This year’s films include:

June 16 – The Great Outdoors (1988) directed by Howard Deutch, written by John Hughes. When an unannounced, uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation, the result is anything but restful in this raucous comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Annette Bening.

July 28 – Karate Kid (1984) directed by John Avildsen and produced by Jerry Weintraub, and starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue, is an underdog story about a martial arts master who agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

August 18 – Best in Show (2000) is a “behind the scenes” look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners. It is a fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest’s gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast including Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, and more.

“Movies Under the Pines is one of those endearing and sweet community events that warm your heart.  We wanted this year’s films to reflect that feeling,” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director.  “It is so popular, we have people travel from all over to experience this movie magic in a beautiful outdoor setting,”

The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the grass at each venue. Before each screening NCFF curates a special pre-show that includes screening local filmmakers works, movie trivia with fun festival prizes, and other events specific to each screening.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking, films begin at Sunset, which depending on the time of year can be between 8 and 8:30pm.  Tickets $7/General Admission, $5/Children 12 & Under.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com and will also be available at the gate.



KNCO “Business Spotlight” Offer to Nevada City Chamber Members

Hello Nevada City Chamber Members:

KNCO Radio contacted us and offered an opportunity for all our members to be featured in a “Business Spotlight” which is actually a FREE commercial for your business or organization. Nevada City Chamber members will be featured on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

This is the plan:

The time commitment by each business or organization is from 3:30 to 4:00 pm, at the KNCO Studio, 1255 E. Main Street, Grass Valley. KNCO representatives will meet with you at 3:30 to review your business or organization and how it will be featured. The Radio airtime is from 3:45 to 4:00 pm.

Jon Katis will be the host and he will also film the “Spotlight” and put it on KNCO’s Facebook page. It’s then available for you to take it from their Facebook page and use it however you feel would be the best way to promote your business or organization.

If this opportunity is of interest to you – please call the Chamber office to be added to the schedule, (530) 265-2692.

The Chamber is pleased to partner with KNCO and offer this new benefit to the entire membership.

Promote Your Business Through Our Newsletter!

Do you want to let people know what your are all about? Having a special or promotion? As a chamber member, you have access to our newsletter that goes out every Monday to over 8,000 subscribers!

Simply provide a write up along with a graphic (logo, poster, pictures) and we will include your item in the newsletter. The deadline each week is Thursday at noon, but of course the earlier the better. Send your information to info@nevadacitychamber.com. If you have questions, feel free to call us, we are happy to help!

Best regards,

Libby Bonomolo


Gold Country Celtic Society Coming Activities

June 3, 2018    

Our annual picnic is June 3rd at Commodore park in Lake Wildwood, thus requires reservations. The club provides tri tip and chicken while our members bring salads and desserts. For information & reservations, contact Kathy Ellis at 530/274-8068

July 4, 2018

July 4th Parade, Nevada City. We will be marching in the parade, carrying the Celtic flags and featuring our bagpipers. If you can march, contact our parade master, Ron Cherry at 478-5616.

August 26, 2018 

Monthly gathering at Veterans’ Hall, Nevada City. Program TBA.

September 22, 2018

Monthly gathering and potluck at Veterans’ Hall, Nevada City. Our program will feature Mr. Gage McKinney presenting information about his book, “MacBoyle’s Gold,” the story of a mining engineer and philanthropist who was keenly proud of his Celtic heritage.

For more information: www.nevadacountycelticclub.org

Wine Down Wednesdays at Nevada City Winery

The warm weather and longer days are finally here. So, we have changed our hours – Wine Down Wednesdays will be 5-7pm. What better way to spend a mid-week early evening, than with a glass of wine and live music. Add friends and a cheese plate, and enjoy!

Scheduled for May are:

May 30th: Steve Holland

Shuttle Service to the South Yuba River State Park- 49 Crossing Starts June 9th

The South Yuba River receives a reported 800,000 visitors annually. One of the most popular locations to visit on the Yuba is South Yuba River State Park- Highway 49 Crossing. Visitor parking in this State Park is extremely limited with only about 34 legal parking spaces.

Inspired by the opportunity to mitigate parking challenges and to provide an eco-friendly transportation alternative, we have created Yuba Bus.

The Yuba River shuttle service is coming to downtown Nevada City. We will provide hourly pickups at Robinson Plaza and the Rood Center, 4 days per week- Thursday thru Sunday. We will also be servicing the Inn Town Campground two times per day. This shuttle service will run June 9 until Sept 23, 2018.

Yuba Bus is established as a community partners with the South Yuba Rivers Citizens League (SYRCL) and Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) to provide a safe, informative and responsible experience at the South Fork of the Yuba River.

Round Trip: Adults $15, Seniors & Children $10, Family of Four $40

One Way: Adults $8, Seniors & Children $5

Yuba Bus is on most social media platforms: @yubabus. The website is YubaBus.com

Sierra Harvest Farm Crew Agriculture Skills Courses

Increase Your Skills as a Production Farmer!

Greenhouse, pest & weed management, crop irrigation, integrating animals into a farm, composting, crop planning, seed saving, cover crops, small machine maintenance – these are just a few of the incredible skills you can learn through the Sierra Harvest on-farm courses. This course is designed to for beginning farmers interested in production scale agriculture.

All classes are taught on farms in Nevada County by our incredible local farmers and agricultural professionals

Robbie Martin (Sweet Roots Farm), Jeremy Mineau (Super Tuber Farm), Antonio Garza (Riverhill Farm), Leo Chapman (Harmony Valley Farm), Tim Van Wagner (First Rain Farm), Cindy Fake (UCCE Horticulture & Small Farms Advisor), Amigo Bob Cantisano (Organic Ag Advisors), Aleta Barrett (Starbright Acres Family Farm), Paul Glowaski (Dinner Bell Farm), Patrick and Diane Bollinger (Foothill Roots Farm), Sarah Silverheels (For the People Seeds) and Kristen Draz and Will Holland (Fog Dog Farm).

Sign up for the entire course and get a 23% price discount. Choose 7 or more classes for an 11% discount. Individual classes are available at $45/class.

Classes meet every other Tuesday, 3:30pm – 6:30pm (May 15 – Nov. 6, 2018)

More details on each class, schedule and to register: Farm Crew Agriculture Skills Course

KVMR & Nevada Theatre Mixer – Thank You for Coming!

A joint mixer hosted by KVMR, the Nevada Theatre and the Grass Valley & Nevada City Chambers of Commerce drew a nice crowd on Thursday May 10th. Everyone enjoyed wonderful food, drink, live entertainment and conversation. We heard about the Bridge Street Project and what it has done for both organizations and downtown Nevada City! The project….

KVMR Community Radio and the Nevada Theatre Commission joined together in 2013 to complete critical repairs to the back wall of the theater, build a much-needed backstage area and provide a home for KVMR. The Bridge Street Project was completed in early 2015, helping both KVMR and the Nevada Theatre to continue to fulfill their missions of bringing people together to celebrate performing and visual arts and give voice to the community through discourse and action.

The partnership strengthens the mission of each organization, as it has added to the vibrancy of the Bridge Street cultural corridor and improved the landscape of downtown Nevada City.

Meet Your Match Job Fair May 24th

Bring your job skills and willingness to work to the Meet Your Match Job Fair being presented on Thursday, May 24, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, located at 255 S. Auburn Street in Grass Valley. Representatives from 20+employers, including the County of Nevada, veteran’s services, non-profits, insurance and real estate services, retail, senior care, staffing agencies, construction, medical care providers and other businesses are eager to meet candidates looking for employment!

Job seeker tips to that will help maximize the Job Fair experience include the following: arrive early while employers are fresh, bring extra copies of your resume, prepare a 30-second sales pitch about your strong points, dress professionally, wear comfortable shoes, turn off your cell phone, bring a pen with you and send thank you e-mails or notes to targeted employers within 48 hours of your meeting.

The Association of Realtors, Sierra College and the Business and Career Network will be available to provide information about courses designed to teach a trade, prepare for a new career or sharpen existing job skills. If you have questions please email Susan George, sugeorge@earthlink.net or call The Union at 530-273-9561.

This is event is made possible and sponsored by: The Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Union Newspaper, Nevada County Association of Realtors and Business Career Network.

Purveyors Pantry Now Offers Catering

We specialize in small intimate gatherings (twenty-five guests or smaller). Custom menus, all made from scratch for your small dinner party, graduation, picnic gathering, private wedding or brunch event….on our private patio, evening events in our retail tasting room or at your location. Stop in or call for more information. Purveyors Pantry, 220 Broad Street, NVC  530-470-6167

Musical Energy in Full Bloom with a Spring Concert

What better way to welcome Spring days than with music that makes you feel good! InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra conducted by Ken Hardin Tuesday, May 22. This is the choir’s 10th annual spring performance.

Music Director and conductor Ken Hardin has created a program that explores a variety of ways composers have considered the timeless texts of the ‘mass’ throughout history. In the first half, the choir and orchestra perform a “Kyrie” by Anton Bruckner, “Gloria” by Franz Schubert, “Sanctus” by Gabriel Fauré, “Credo” by Joseph Haydn, and the “Cum Sanctu Spiritu” by Antonio Vivaldi.”

The program also focuses on choral works of great composers such as Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalslied,” Frederic Handel’s exciting and enthusiastic “Zadok, the Priest,” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ruins of Athens.” The program concludes with a centennial birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein with his classic inspirational work, “Make Our Garden Grow” from “Candide,” which will “leave the audience walking on air,” says Hardin.

The 75-member all-volunteer Sierra Master Chorale rehearses for 13 weeks prior to the performances including two rehearsals with the orchestra, which consists of thirty local and regional professional musicians.

“The music is challenging and absolutely beautiful,” said Hardin. “The choir is going to shine brightly on this program.”

Hardin always encourages people to hear choral music with orchestra in live performance, “because the texture of the music builds on the lyrics and stories you hear. The energy on stage is palpable, and the music strikes something deeply visceral, physical and emotional in all of us. I think this is one of those programs that is going to give everyone goosebumps. I started getting them halfway through rehearsals,” he added.

Sierra Master Chorale has received several accolades from the Sacramento Choral Calendar Review. “The name of this group was well chosen. The performers are indeed masterful,” wrote Nancy Bramlett.  Reviewer Dr. Robert M. Johnson commented, “Having never heard the ensemble before, I was completely unprepared for the poise and professionalism of both choir and orchestra under the leadership of Conductor, Ken Hardin.”

Tickets to the May 22nd performance are $35 for general admission, and youth ages 5-17 are $17.  Tickets are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org or in person at BriarPatch Co-op and at the door the day of the concert.

The performance will be at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 12889 Osborne Hill Road. For more information, please call 530-273-3990 or visit www.inconcertsierra.org


WHO: InConcert Sierra presents

WHAT: A performance by the Sierra Master Chorale & Orchestra

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22

WHERE: 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley

TICKETS: $35 general admission, $17 youth (ages 17 and under); available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org, in person at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley or at the door on the day of the concert

INFO: 530-273-3990 or visit www.inconcertsierra.org

NCNGRR Railbus Rides Happening on Saturdays for the Summer!

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s summer season has just begun with the annual commencement of the popular railbus rides. In celebration of the museum’s 15th year, plans are in place to operate both of the museum’s fully-restored railbuses, the Donna Jeanne and the recently refurbished Sarah Kidder.

The Donna Jeanne, also known as #97, has been in service for several years, taking passengers along Gold Run Creek past the Inn Town Campground to the Northern Queen, paralleling a portion of the original route of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. During much of the time that Donna Jeanne has been in service, Sarah Kidder was in the restoration shop getting a makeover.

Originally used as a shuttle vehicle at the Westside & Cherry Valley Railway, the Sarah Kidder is an open-air railbus with polished wood bench seating, meticulously lettered signs, and brass accents that give it a style reminiscent of times gone by. The railbus is named for Sarah Kidder, the former president of the NCNGRR from 1901-1913, and the first female president of a railroad in the United States.

Railbus rides are approximately 35 minutes in duration and are offered on Saturdays only during the summer season. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be arranged by calling the museum during normal business hours at 530-470-0902. The timetable of departures is available on the Museum’s website: www.ncngrrmuseum.org.

Summer season museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Docent-led tours of the museum, including restored rail cars in the yard and the restoration shop with its works in progress, are available. There is no charge to visit the museum or ride the railbus, but donations are always gratefully accepted. The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court at the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk in Nevada City.

The Sarah Kidder (left) and Donna Jeanne railbuses stand ready to take passengers on rides at the NCNGRR museum.

Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Dates: June 23 & 24

Please note, the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Dates are June 23rd & 24th this year!

Saturday, June 23rd: No Street Closure

Saturday evening there will be a Brewfest in the Three Forks Brewery & Bakery parking lot from 6 to 9pm.

Sunday, June 24th: Street Closures

Nevada City Classic Bike Race (the traditional route has been changed)

The 2nd Annual Nevada City Mile running race

Any questions, please call the Chamber office (530) 265-2692



NCNGRR Museum Celebrates Anniversary with Steam

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary Saturday, May 19, with demonstration runs of California’s oldest operating steam locomotive, the Antelope & Western Porter Locomotive #1. The museum’s volunteer staff will begin the firing up process to warm up the boiler early in the morning so that by about 10 a.m. there will be sufficient steam to power the locomotive on excursions around the museum’s railyard. Bring your camera and your kids for maximum enjoyment!

In addition to offering a rare opportunity to see the Porter Locomotive in action, the museum will also be running both railbuses on their normal schedules, taking passengers along Gold Creek past the Inn Town Campground to the Northern Queen Inn, paralleling a portion of the original NCNGRR route. Reservations for the railbus rides are strongly recommended. Please call 530-470-0902 during regular museum operating hours. The railbus schedule is posted on the museum’s website: www.ncngrrmuseum.org.

Saturday’s celebration commemorates the end of the long process that brought today’s NCNGRR Museum to fruition; the result of the cooperative effort of city government in obtaining grant funding and building the structures, adjacent landowners who donated rail track right of way easements, and a dedicated group of volunteers who collected and restored rail stock and organized the museum. Although the museum is named for the railroad that was an important part of Nevada County history, the museum exhibits artifacts from all aspects of local transportation history.

Regular museum hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Fridays through Tuesdays. Railbuses operate Saturdays only. The museum is located at 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City. The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is operated by the Nevada County Historical Society that has helped to preserve and celebrate our local history since 1944.

First Annual Nevada City Village Market Day

Nevada City’s Downtown MeetUp and The Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the first annual Nevada City Village Market Day which will take place throughout downtown Nevada City, California on Sunday May 20th 2018 from 11 AM to 5 PM. This event has branched off from the annual Sidewalk Sale of Downtown Nevada City, a collaborative effort of downtown businesses who’ve strived to see their community grow through the years.

In light of our city being endowed with a California Cultural District Designation we’d like to celebrate our vibrant and creative shopping district by including special gallery exhibits, restaurant specials and street musicians that will join antique and vintage vendors to bring Nevada City to life        on a Sunday afternoon in Spring. A map will be provided to lead your way through the fun activities throughout downtown.

Nevada City’s Village Market Day will coincide with the 8th annual Nevada City Craft Fair taking place on the same day at The Miners Foundry Cultural Center from 10 AM to 6 PM. This beloved fair is a local tradition and will feature over 70 local makers with their handmade crafts. Nevada City Craft Fair guests will be able to enjoy specials and discounts with participating businesses of Nevada City Village Market Day.

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information contact: (530) 265-2692 or info@nevadacitychamber.com


Disaster Proof Your Business

One in four small businesses never reopen after a disaster. Nine in ten fail within a year unless they are able to reopen within five days of a disaster. Don’t let your business be part of this statistic! Learn how to Disaster-Proof Your Business!

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8:00 – 11:30am

Where: Sierra Foothills Event Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Rd  Grass Valley

Information: www.grassvalleyresilient.eventbrite.com/

New Co- Executive Directors of Bear Yuba Land Trust

Look Forward to a Bright Future

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is excited to announce the appointment of new leadership with Co-Executive Directors Erin Tarr and Erika Seward, who are now officially at the helm of the organization as it heads into its 29th year.

With a talented and passionate team at their side – made up of loyal staff members, Board of Directors and community supporters and volunteers – the two have big plans for the future.

“Bear Yuba Land Trust is here to protect clean air, water and soil for all of us, open space for wildlife, beautiful places to recreate outdoors, and support for farmers and ranchers who provide a healthy local food supply, “  said Erika Seward, who joined the Land Trust last fall.  “This is our home – one that is diverse, complex and plays a significant role in the State.”

Erin Tarr, who has been with BYLT’s land stewardship department for nearly seven years, continued “Our work is more important now than ever. Together, as a community, we will strive to protect our working and natural landscapes and enhance outdoor recreation. This work will influence the quality-of-life in Nevada County forever.”

The Land Trust shows no signs of slowing down and is on target with a goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020. A new strategic plan outlines a portfolio showing protected land that is doubling in size with the conservation of upper watershed lands and the historic Penn Valley agricultural land, Robinson Ranch.

In recent months, BYLT has permanently protected 857 acres surrounding five alpine reservoirs known as Lindsey Lakes Conservation Easement in the Grouse Ridge area of the Sierra Nevada. BYLT is a key player in the planning and construction of Pines to Mines Trail, an 80-mile multi-use trail that will link the towns of Nevada City and Truckee. BYLT continues to expand outdoor recreational amenities at Rice’s Crossing Preserve, spanning 2,700 acres and six miles of the Yuba River between Bullard’s Bar Reservoir and South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport. Rangeland health is the main focus at Garden Bar Preserve, a 652-acre working cattle ranch on the Bear River, where regenerative grazing is happening.

Seward and Tarr bring decades of experience in conservation and business management, plus a new energy to BYLT.  Following former Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt’s exit, the two spent several months working with the Board of Directors to outline an innovative plan for leading the community-supported organization that is poised for significant growth.  To date, BYLT has protected more than 15,000 acres of land from development, built more than 30 miles of local trails and gets hundreds of people outdoors to experience quality nature programs.. The two directors are eager to hear from the community and share their passion for land conservation.  Future dates will be announced for community dialogues


Erin Tarr, Co-Exec Director, Conservation & Stewardship

From an early age, Tarr had a knack for adventure. Whether it was exploring the rolling hills and wide rivers in her home state of Iowa or backpacking in the Tetons with her family, she loved to see new places and was deeply impacted by the beauty of open spaces. Upon graduating high school, she followed her passion for exploration and moved to Colorado, where outdoor adventures were around every corner.

In 2003, Tarr and her family moved to Northern California where she received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from CSU Sacramento. She then worked with the California Department of Fish and Game on the American, Mokelumne, Cosumnes and Sacramento Rivers collecting data on fish populations. During a job with The Nature Conservancy at the Cosumnes River Preserve, Tarr spent a year exploring and documenting the vegetation of vernal pools, riparian forests and rangeland on their 40,000 acres of protected lands.

Tarr worked at Placer Land Trust in Auburn as a stewardship assistant before finding a permanent position as stewardship manager for BYLT. She and her husband, Kacy have three children and spend their free time on extended road trips  exploring open spaces of The West.

“What makes BYLT such an essential organization in our community is our ability to protect important lands from being developed by using both conservation easements and fee title ownership. Landowners can keep their working lands productive while also protecting wildlife habitat and migration corridors. We are also able to protect public access to nature by holding trail easements on private lands. Those functions are necessary to ensure we have a thriving community well into the future. We’re staying true to our roots by working closely with our community to conserve our quality-of-life.“

Erika Seward, Co-Exec Director, Operations & Development

Erika fell in love with all things travel and the outdoors at an early age.  Growing up in sunny Central Florida, most days were spent hiking trails, recreating on lakes and rivers or with weekend trips to the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.  Summers were marked by road trips up to Northern Virginia to visit the family farm where her mother was raised.  A natural talent for soccer propelled her along the competitive athlete path and would influence her professional career, which began at ESPN while attending the University of Kansas for biology / sports science followed by a Master’s of Science in Education.

During Erika’s tenure with ESPN, she served on the executive team that built brands and promotional strategies for the NFL, PGA Tour, and X Games as well as oversight of corporate synergy across the Walt Disney Company’s entire portfolio.  After a decade in sports and entertainment, Erika gained a strong appreciation for the power of media and decided to transfer her corporate experience to non-profits in order to impact positive change. She has since consulted with grassroots and national organizations focused on issues such as homelessness, the environment, and women’s health, including the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, ProgressNow, Heal the Bay, Stop Hermosa Beach Oil, City of Hermosa Beach and more. She spent five years as Executive Director for Boarding for Breast Cancer in Los Angeles and is credited with elevating the cause with the support of professional athletes, Olympians, and global brands through purpose-driven content including two publications and an award-winning documentary.

In 2015, Seward moved to Nevada City to raise her young children and be closer to family and nature.  She has since served in leadership roles with KVMR, Yuba River Charter School Education Foundation and the Nevada City Film Festival before joining the team at Bear Yuba Land Trust.

“It’s no secret that we live in a very special place; inevitably outside pressures and interests will continue to rise.  With that, there is an incredible opportunity to share the story of our people and lands, so that we may all gain a deeper appreciation of what is authentic to our region and why preservation is vital.”

Learn more about protected lands, local trails and guided outdoor experiences, treks and events by visiting BYLT.org

Photo credit: Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn/ Inn Town Campground