Tag: San Bernardino National Forest Association

National Forest Association Is Now Southern California Mountains Foundation

San Bernardino, CA, December 19, 2012 – Twenty years ago a group of people came together with a shared vision. They saw a new way of collaborating to support Southern California’s mountain forests. The visionaries grappling with the problem generated a groundbreaking idea to create a non-profit to support the work of the Forest Service in the San Bernardino National Forest, and the San Bernardino National Forest Association was born. The core activities of the San Bernardino National Forest Association have made a critical difference over the past 20 years: staffing fire lookouts, interpreting the forest to visitors at the Big Bear Discovery Center, supporting recreation for families, and educating mountain communities about fire safety. As the activities of the San Bernardino National Forest Association have expanded, the size, strength, and role of the organization has grown and evolved. The San Bernardino National Forest Association has renewed its brand and now has a new name, The Southern California Mountains Foundation. The organization’s structure and contacts will remain the same. For more information visit the new Mountains Foundation web site –...

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Feast Of The Harvest Moon

Fawnskin, CA, October 19, 2012, 6am – A “Feast” of Native American culture will be presented and celebrated at the 12th  annual Feast of the Harvest Moon festival.  Traditionally, the Feast of the Harvest Moon was celebrated among American Indian tribes when the period of darkness between sunset and moonrise is successively shorter following the Harvest Moon nearest the September equinox and the Hunter’s Moon in October. A favorite of the youth leadership program of the National Forest Association, they plan and stage activities to educate families interested in hands-on learning of American Tribes history including the role of the indigenous people, the Serrano, of the San Bernardino highlands and mountains.  Admission and parking are free at the Feast of the Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Big Bear Discovery Center from 10am to...

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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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Cactus Flats Volunteer Restoration Event

Fawnskin, CA, September 25, 2012, 6:00am – On Saturday, September 29, volunteers around the nation, including 100 at Cactus Flats in the San Bernardino National Forest, will chip in to restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and enjoyment. They’ll be taking part in the 19th  National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. Last year more than 170,000 Americans participated at more than 2,000 sites. The National Forest Association (NFA) has chosen Cactus Flats as their 2012 NPLD work site in support of a multi-year restoration project. One Hundred volunteers are needed to complete the work plan. The Cactus Flats area is popular for off-highway vehicle recreation, mountain biking and hiking. Cactus Flats also showcases a very diverse and scenic landscape, where the high desert and the alpine forest meet, offering beautiful...

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Transit Of Venus Today

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 5, 2012, 8:00am – On May 20 there was solar eclipse, and today the planet Venus will cross the face of the Sun in its orbit. The last time this happened was in 2004, and it won’t happen again until 2117. First contact, the moment Venus touches the Sun’s northeastern edge, will occur at 3:05 this afternoon. Looking through a telescope with a solar filter, you can see a small black dot traveling across the Sun. The transit will last about 6 hours and 10 minutes. Two telescopes with solar filters will be set up at Swim Beach on Park Avenue. The Discovery Center with the San Bernardino National Forest Association and the Recreation and Park District are co-sponsoring the event. The telescopes will be available for viewing at about 2:45pm, until sunset. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31538.mp3|titles=Transit Of Venus...

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