Tag: Forest Service

No forest fees on National Get Outdoors Day

San Bernardino National Forest, June 7, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Obesity and physical inactivity are major risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Physically active outdoor recreation can be part of a natural solution. National Get Outdoors Day — sometimes  called “Go Day” — was launched June 14, 2008, through a partnership between the Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. The partnership built on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other efforts to connect Americans – especially children – with nature and active lifestyles. More than 6 million people have participated in environmental education, recreation and related literacy programs, which include children’s activities like the Junior Forest Ranger program, and Discover the Forest. The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of national forest and grasslands, which over 165 million people have visited in recent years. Visitor spending contributes about $13 billion to the economy each year, but the Forest Service offers fee-free days four times a year. The first such period in 2013 was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The other days are Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 9-11 for Veterans Day...

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Prescribed Fire Planned Near Angelus Oaks

San Bernardino, CA, April 2, 2013 – Forest Service Fire crews are planning to burn about 120 acres as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project. Weather conditions permitting, firefighters expect the project to last one week, and they’re planning to begin work as early as April 8. The project area is located along Forest Road 1N12 north of Angelus Oaks. Smoke and flames will be visible to residents and motorists along State Route 38, and may be visible from other mountain communities and highways. Doing this work reduces the risk of a catastrophic wildfire threatening mountain communities under typical, dry and windy conditions common to the area in the summer and fall fire seasons.  The burn is part of a larger 535 acre project initiated in 2004. The Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project has reduced fuels around the Angelus Oaks community. Pile burning and broadcast burning are part of fuels treatments that include mechanical removal of vegetation. Fuel reduction projects near mountain communities include removing dead trees as well as thinning and stacking piles of dense brush, and burning the piles in the wet...

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Forest Service Increases Number of “Fee Free” Days To Eight This Year!

Big Bear, Ca, January 11, 2012, 4:00pm – The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that eight dates have been chosen to be fee free days for the national forests nationwide.  Usually in years past there have been two or three fee free days, where adventure seekers don’t need to purchase an adventure pass for their car to park on National Forest Land, and this year the Forest Service has increased the number to eight days.   “We encourage the public to get outdoors in America’s vast and dynamic playground,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that visiting your beautiful national forests and grasslands will help people gain a deep appreciation for natural resources, and create lifelong memories.”  This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend will be filled with fee free days, with Saturday through Monday, requiring no adventure pass.  Later on in the year, June 9th, Get Outdoors Day, September 29th, National Public Lands Day, and November 10th through 12th Veterans Day Weekend will also be fee free days.  The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future...

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Hotshot Crew Captain Will Be Missed

Big Bear, Ca, February 12, 2011, 5:40pm – The death Friday evening of Gabriel Pomona, Captain of the Forest Service’s Big Bear Hotshot Crew, is making an impact on our community.  Gabriel’s wife Summer, his many family members, the Forest Service, and Big Bear will miss the 36-year-old firefighter.  Gabriel began his career in the Sierra National Forest on a hand crew.  In 2003, when the Big Bear Hotshots received their certification as a Type One Inter-agency Crew, Gabriel was the Squad Boss.  After two years as Captain of the Sierra National Forest’s Crane Valley Hotshots, Gabriel returned to Big Bear in 2008 as the Big Bear Hotshot Crew Captain.  Gabe gave to the children of the Inland Empire during many of the Crew’s Christmas Bike drives.  Flowers and cards can be sent to the Big Bear Ranger Station at 42300 North Shore Drive and PO Box 290 in Fawnskin.  Messages will be forwarded to the family.  Memorial services will be announced when the information is available. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP304311.mp3|titles=Gabriel Pomona Fatally...

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