forestlogo150-thumbIf in the vicinity of Crestline or the Miller Canyon area in the coming two weeks, you can expect to see helicopters overhead. As of today, November 11, the San Bernardino National Forest is using helicopters as part of a fuel reductions project; helicopters are removing trees and slash in areas inaccessible by conventional tree removal methods and flying the logs to a staging point or landing. According to new District Ranger Scott Tangenberg, “Favorable weather has allowed the work in Miller Canyon to progress, and we will continue the work as long as conditions allow it. These projects are all part of the continuing effort by the San Bernardino National Forest to reduce fuels around the mountain communities.” The Forest Service notes that while this type of logging is interesting for the public to observe, it could be dangerous to go hiking around the operation site, so the public is cautioned and asked to view from safe, distant vantage points. This logging project, using helicopters, will be ongoing in November and will be conducted in the Miller Canyon area north of Crestline, and east of Silverwood Lake and Highway 138 and along Old Mill Road. (And, just a reminder, today is a Fee Free Day on the San Bernardino National Forest, in honor of Veterans Day, so no Adventure Pass will be required for those recreating in the forest.)