Blackberries and the Yuba Don’t Mix: Give Back to the Yuba

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Interested in giving back to the Yuba? Have a love/hate relationship with sweet and juicy blackberries? Ready to check out a new area of the Yuba watershed? Come join SYRCL’s River Avengers and restore the Yuba River this summer!

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The Sweetest Invasive Plant in the Yuba watershed!

What: Summer Restoration Days
Where: The North Yuba River @ Tahoe National Forest Campgrounds (meet at SYRCL for carpool)
Time: 9am-3pm
Dates: Saturday, July 29 & Saturday, August 26
Why: For the Yuba (plus, all you can eat blackberries)!

SYRCL is teaming up with the Tahoe National Forest to remove invasive blackberry along the North Yuba River at popular camping sites. Himalayan blackberry is an invasive species that overtakes riparian areas along rivers, outcompeting native plants and animals for habitat. If you’ve ever been pricked by their thorns, you know why blackberries, swimming in the river, and camping don’t mix. In addition to improving recreation areas, this restoration opportunity will help encourage native species to colonize riverbanks, and it occurs in the beautiful North Yuba! Join us to scope out and protect different areas of our beloved watershed, while snacking on the sweetest invasive species in our watershed.

Please bring at least 2 liters of water, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and lunch (bug spray is optional). Meet at SYRCL (313 Railroad Ave, Nevada City) for carpool to site. Active restoration will run from 10am-2pm with a break for lunch. Want to stay and play in the North Yuba after pulling weeds? Plan to stay for the day and visit historic Downieville, take a swim in the North Yuba, book a spot to camp, or go for a hike near the Sierra Buttes!

Contact: Courtney Hudson, AmeriCorps Restoration Coordinator, at for more details or to sign up!

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