Tag: San Bernardino Mountains

San Gabriel Mountains to be Designated as a National Monument

San Dimas, CA, October 10, 2014 – President Obama is expected to make a statement today at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, announcing his plans to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument which would encompass 350,000 acres of public land. Stretching from Santa Clarita to San Bernardino County, the San Gabriel Mountains provide outdoor recreation opportunities for millions of Southern Californians. However, according to the Sierra Club, inadequate funding and services have marred the visitor experience. Permanent protection as a national monument should solve many of the problems. Not everyone is happy with the designation, however. Some lawmakers are concerned that the national monument proposal, which stemmed from legislation introduced by L.A. County Representative Judy Chu, has not had a single hearing in committee and that the President is bypassing Congress’ legislative role in land use decisions. Some are also concerned about limiting access to public lands and local businesses on and around them. Originally, Rep. Chu stated that an additional 270,000 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains were also going to be included, but after strong objections from local leaders she removed San Bernardino and Mt. Baldy from the...

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Violation of Fire Restrictions Carries Hefty Penalties

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 21, 2014 – Wildfire prevention is serious business in the San Bernardino Mountains. New restrictions and guidelines were posted on Thursday, June 19, and the US Forest Service says they’ll be aggressively citing those who don’t comply. With lives and property at stake, violation of these prohibitions carry serious consequences as Class B misdemeanors under federal law: fines up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to six months, or both.  Violators may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they’re found liable for causing a wildfire. · Wood and charcoal fires are permitted only in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds and within agency provided fire rings or camp stoves. · Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted at Yellow Post campsites. · Campfire permits are required for propane and gas stoves and lanterns used outside of all developed recreation sites. · Recreational shooting is limited to Public Shooting Ranges operated under special use permit only, except those engaged in legal hunting. · An approved spark arrester is required for any internal combustion engine operated on designated forest routes. These include chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, and off-highway vehicles. · Smoking is limited to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within a Developed Recreation Site. · Fireworks are always prohibited on the San Bernardino National Forest. Call the local ranger station with...

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Google to Preserve Big Bear’s Treasures

Big Bear City, CA, February 16, 2014 – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a new partnership this month between the County Museum and the Google Cultural Institute. Through their Art Project, the Institute will film and photograph various exhibits at the Museum, covering the cultural and natural heritage of the San Bernardino Mountains and other areas. The materials will include a diorama of the birds in the Big Bear area, and a “First People” exhibit honoring the various native American tribes of our region. The endeavor is designed to digitally preserve cultural information for future generations and make it globally accessible, and according to Museum Director Robert McKernan, it’s only fitting his institution should be included. He says, “Our collections are of worldwide significance, and this partnership will help spread the word….about the educational and research opportunities offered through our museum.” Third District Supervisor James Ramos added that the online platform will be a great tool for educating local youth about the rich history of San Bernardino County. Google has already partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives from 40 countries to host the world’s cultural treasures online. Partner museums can upload high quality images from their collections and offer virtual tours of museum exhibits. The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands, and will soon...

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Cal Fire To Place Engines On Mountain Top

San Bernardino, CA June 27, 2012, 3:00pm – The CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit is putting fire engines and personnel in the San Bernardino Mountains with a target date of July 2, 2012. The last time CAL FIRE resources were stationed in the San Bernardino Mountains was a decade ago when CAL FIRE joined with the U.S. Forest Service/San Bernardino National Forest, San Bernardino County Fire and the local mountain top fire departments in the wake of a continuing drought and increasing bark beetle epidemic. The current repositioning of two fire engines to Crestline and Running Springs is designed to enhance operational response in the mountain top communities. The firefighters will respond to fire activity and will be available to assist local fire agencies when requested. They will also be working to coordinate property inspections as well as other fire prevention activities in cooperation with partner agencies. The fire engines will be located at the CAL FIRE facility in Crestline and the Running Springs fire station. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31571.mp3|titles=Cal Fire – Mike Evans Reporting]...

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Bald Eagles Seen In Local Mountains

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 20, 2012, 4:00pm – On Saturday March 10, the final bald eagle count of the season was conducted by local Federal and State biologists and volunteers around lakes in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. Approximately 54 volunteers participated in the 1-hour eagle census in the Big Bear/Baldwin Lake area where 6 eagles were observed. While this was the last census for this season, the Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Game need more volunteers to monitor the nest site at Big Bear Lake and provide the public with opportunities to view the eaglet, nicknamed Jack, from a safe distance. The volunteers will be stationed with spotting scopes at Dana Point Park in Fawnskin. People interested in helping monitor the bald eagle nest should contact NFA Volunteer coordinator Meredith Brandon at 382-2824. In addition, District Biologist Robin Eliason will be presenting a talk on bald eagles at 11am on March 24 at the Big Bear Discovery Center. For additional information about the bald eagle nest viewing opportunities, contact the Big Bear Discovery Center. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31427.mp3|titles=Bald...

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