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Yuba Watershed Institute

The Yuba Watershed Institute is a group of citizens who are concerned with the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of long-term biological diversity within the Yuba River watershed.  About YWI

Tree Rings #26

Call for Contributions

A call to nature writers, artists, scientists, and poets.

The Yuba Watershed Institute (YWI) is currently accepting submissions for our annual journal, Tree Rings. The theme of the upcoming edition is "Healthy Forests." Submissions are due November 15, 2014 (Deadline has been extended from original October 31 deadline.)

What does a healthy Sierra Nevada forest look like and how can we manage for this now and into the future?

We welcome well-researched perspectives and personal narratives on hot topics related to forest health and management such as fire in the Sierra Nevada, salvage logging, climate change, managing for wildlife, restoration, invasive species, and more. We also welcome stories  of the ‘Inimim, as well as art and poetry reflecting your visions and contemplations of healthy forests.

We are requesting art, letters, poems, articles, and notes related to this topic.

Articles and letters should be limited to 1,000 words or less.
This edition will be edited by Daniel Nicholson and Corinne Munger.
Submissions should be emailed to corinne_munger@live.com no later than November 15, 2014.
Email Corinne or call 292-3589 for more information.

Tree Rings #25 available online!

The 25th Edition of the ever-eloquent journal, Tree Rings was published in December of 2013. The theme of this edition was "The Importance of Water." The journal is chock full of essays, poems, articles, and artwork related to this topic of utmost importance, with contributions from Gary Snyder, Kelly Patton, Hank Meals, Sara Rabkin, Tom Van Wagner, Kurt Lorenz, Corey Hitchcock, and more.

Make sure your membership is current and you'll automatically receive a printed copy of Tree Rings in the mail!

Download Tree Rings # 25 "The Importance of Water" here.

17th Annual Fungus Foray

Save the Date!

December 13 and 14, 2014

Though conditions during the 16th annual fungus foray in 2013 were less than ideal (no rain, recent freezing weather), it was still a beautiful day to be out on the Ridge .  One new species to our area was discovered - continuing our citizen scientist focus - and the variety of lovely specimens gathered and documented was truly astounding.

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped to make this a successful event - we couldn't do it without you! Also much appreciation to our supporters and sponsors, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Briar Patch Co-op, Natural Selections/Mother Truckers, and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

We're already looking ahead to the next foray...


Melony Vance Steps Down as YWI Executive Director

We wish her all the best as she steps into her role as Community Programs Manager for Bear Yuba Land Trust.


The Nature of This Place: Book & Curriculum Guide

The Nature of This Place: Investigations and Adventures in the Yuba Watershed

Bruce Boyd and Liese Greensfelder, editors with foreword by Gary Snyder


In June we published The Nature of This Place Curriculum Guide developed for K-8 natural science education by the Yuba Watershed Institute, and written by Rachel Durben of the Sierra Streams Institute, in partnership with the Twin Ridges Elementary School District. This project was inspired by the field studies YWI has provided for Grizzly Hill Elementary School students over the years. Now this curriculum is an open source so everyone can benefit from it. The development of the curriculum guide was funded by the Teichert Foundation and published by Flicker Press. Illustrations by Randy Griffis.