Tag: San Bernardino National Forest

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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Discovery Center Breaks New Ground

Fawnskin, CA, August 30, 2013 — The Big Bear Discovery Center has long been an education portal to the outdoors. Now, it is the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in a U.S. National Forest. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature. Certified classrooms help fill that void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. This national certification was awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation — a conservation and education organization of one million members — and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, whose mission  is to inspire children, families and educators to connect more deeply with the world around them by providing innovative, research-based programs and resources. Outdoor classrooms designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Idea Book are eligible to become certified Nature Explore Classrooms, which are being developed across the country. They offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas and natural materials for building and creating art. Activities are designed to enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress and improve skills in many areas of development. The Big Bear Discovery Center is co-managed by the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation. Stacy Gorin, Director of Operations for the Foundation, said, “We are one...

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13,000 Pot Plants Seized at Butler Creek

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 27, 2013 – In the predawn hours of August 22, the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted an eradication operation near Butler Creek, about four miles west of the Big Bear Lake Dam. With assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the DEA and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, investigators seized nearly 13,000 mature plants. The water source was Butler Creek, which had been dammed to pool the water and feed into irrigation tubes. No suspects have been identified, but camping equipment and an abundance of trash provided evidence that they had been living near the crop. They had also done extensive clearing, causing irreversible damage to the forest. Sheriff John McMahon called the destruction of natural resources for financial gain “unacceptable.” Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at...

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Fire Department Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Now

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 16, 2013 — By early April, California was already showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. In our county in particular, low moisture, plentiful fuels, and the forthcoming Santa Ana winds pose a triple threat. Are you prepared? The San Bernardino National Forest regularly experiences single-digit humidity levels, but with rainfall totals ranging from 5-25% of average in the region, 2013 looks to be one of the driest years in recent memory.  So the San Bernardino County Fire Department urges you to take the following precautions: * Create defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area that extends 100 feet from the structure or to the property line. Initial steps to creating this space begin with clearing all dead or dying vegetation from the ground, roofs, underneath decks and around propane tanks. Cleaning out rain gutters and moving wood piles at least thirty feet from structures are also included in this space creation. This is also a time to ensure that your address is clearly visible from the street, so firefighters can easily identify your residence. * Create a family disaster plan that includes meeting locations and communication plans. Remember that during a natural disaster, cell towers may be overburdened with traffic; text messages are more likely to be successful than phone calls. Have several...

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Journey Tribute Band Returns to Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, July 12, 2013 – DSB, World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey, returns to the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater on July 20 for the second installment of the 2013 Music in the Mountains summer concert series. Vocalist Juan Del Castillo captures the essence of renowned vocalist Steve Perry, and the band of world-class musicians delivers the sound of Journey in their prime. They debuted in April to a national audience on the new AXS.TV live concert channel. The Music in the Mountains series raises funds for ongoing restoration of the San Bernardino National Forest, one of the busiest in the national forest system. It is produced by the non-profit Southern California Mountains Foundation, whose event producer, Kathy Clapsaddle, points out, “DSB was recently voted by their fans as the ‘World’s Greatest Tribute to Journey,’ elevating them to new heights and reinforcing their ‘next best thing’ status.” The British Beat, Journey Decades of British Invasion will open the concert, rounding out a celebration of the 70s and 80s top classic rock bands. The concert begins at 6:00 p.m. General admission tickets are available online, at the Discovery Center Adventure Outpost and at the event gate: $27 adult; $10 teens (13-17); youth 12 and under free admittance in the open seating areas. All parking at the Discovery Center will be prepaid through ticket packages.  Parking and ticket gates will open at 5:00 p.m.  General admission parking is free and...

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