Tag: National Public Lands Day

This Saturday, Forget the Forest Fees

San Bernardino National Forest, September 27, 2013 – The San Bernardino National Forest is offering a fee-free day this Saturday in conjunction with the 20th annual National Public Lands Day. On September 28, no Adventure Pass will be required for use of Standard Amenity Fee sites. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, with more than 170,000 volunteers expected to participate around the country this year. Last year on this day, volunteers collected an estimated 500 tons of trash and 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, planted 100,000 trees and other plants and built or maintained 1,500 miles of trails. San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron said, “National Public Lands Day is a good day to enjoy the great outdoors, both by visiting the national forest and taking part in one of the many volunteer opportunities around the forest.” Here are a couple of local Forest Service activities: Big Bear, Greenthumbs Ecological Restoration Project. Work will consist of seed collection, native shrub and tree planting and the scattering of woody debris to disguise unauthorized routes. Volunteers will meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 9:00 a.m. on September 28 and caravan to Holcomb Valley for ecological restoration activities until 3pm. Lunch will be provided through a sponsorship with REI. All supplies and gloves will be provided.  Volunteers are requested to wear long pants and tennis shoes or boots.  Sunscreen and...

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Volunteers Help Restore Cactus Flats Area

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2012, 6am – Over 100 volunteers joined the National Forest Association on Saturday, September 29, to restore and beautify popular recreation land near Cactus Flats. The participants were part of a coast-to-coast effort of more than 170,000 who came together at more than 2,000 sites to donate their time and effort to improving the public lands they enjoy every day. Volunteers and families representing Mitsubishi Cement Corporation, University of Redlands, Cal State San Bernardino Biology Club, Inland Empire Four Wheelers, San Bernardino County Fire Department, and individual families all contributed towards National Public Lands Day making it a huge success. Cactus Flats staging area has expanded over the past decade due to heavy visitor use.  The National Forest Association and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to restore the staging and surrounding areas to their originally designated size. National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. This year, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participated in this annual day of caring for shared lands. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the national sponsor for NPLD, providing support and thousands of employee volunteers for the 14th consecutive...

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San Bernardino National Forest “Free Day”

Fawnskin, CA, September 19, 2011, 8:00am – Saturday, September 24th is “National Public Lands Day” and it’s also a “Free Day” for visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest. Normally an Adventure Pass is required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except where other fees such as those in campgrounds and group sites will still be required. The annual National Public Lands Day coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation with the support of the Forest Service and other federal agencies, focuses on educating the public about the importance of natural resources and the need for shared stewardship on the land. San Bernardino National Forest officials hope that visitors will take advantage of the “Free Day” this Saturday and enjoy the beauty of the forest. For more information about the “Free Day” and the recreation fee program, call the Big Bear Discovery Center at...

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