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Distinguished Big Bear Residents to Receive ‘Eagle of Excellence’ Awards

Big Bear, CA, May 27, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake will host its eighteenth annual “Eagle of Excellence” Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Sunday, June 7th. The dinner and awards ceremony is dedicated to honoring members of the Big Bear community that exhibit a very high caliber of professionalism, enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to service, not only in their vocational field, but also in how they demonstrate excellence in the personal giving of time, energy and influence on others within the Bear Valley community. Since the Rotary Club began this program in 1998, over 91 individuals, mostly non­ Rotarians, have been honored with the “Eagle of Excellence” award. This year’s honorees include a distinguished group of Bear Valley residents from a variety of professions. The 2015 group of honorees include Renee Wagner, owner of the Barnstorm Restaurant who has volunteered her time with Rotary, Doves, and the Arts Council; Paul Senft, a software designer and IT lecturer who, among other things, has been very involved with the Big Bear Valley Education Trust and the AARP TaxAide Program, providing free tax services to seniors and low income families in Big Bear; Ed Wallace, who serves on the boards of the Sierra Club – Big Bear Group, the Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, and Friends of the Big Bear Valley;...

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The Drought’s Effect on Big Bear Lake

Fawnskin, CA, March 9, 2014 – Some of the most visible effects of the current drought are the beaches springing up around Big Bear Lake’s 22 miles of shoreline–new patches of sand that fishermen and picnicking families are making the most of. Even after picking up over ten inches of precipitation in the recent storm system, the water level was still 7’ 10” below full, compared with being just 4 1/2 feet down at this time last year. In fact, the last time the lake was full was the spring of 2011. The mission of the Municipal Water District (MWD) is to stabilize lake levels for recreation and wildlife. Part of that means setting limits on the amount of water that can be used as snowmaking. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is allowed to withdraw 11,000 acre feet of water in any 10-year period, not to exceed 1,300 acre feet in any single year. As a point of reference, the lake’s total storage capacity is 73,370 acre feet. About half of the water borrowed to make snow returns to the lake, so the biggest net reduction in the lake’s surface area would be roughly 1%. That’s assuming conditions are even cold enough to make snow, though. Thanks to this winter’s warm temperatures, Big Bear Mountain Resorts has only been able to use half its maximum yearly allotment.  If you’d like...

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Xeriscape Garden Tour Highlights Beautiful Landscapes and Water Conservation

  Big Bear, CA, March 4, 2014 – With Spring approaching, thoughts are turning to gardening and planting. 2013 was the driest year on record in California and aside from our recent storm, 2014 is shaping up to be another very dry year. Native and drought tolerant plants are definitely a wise choice for your garden. They may cost slightly more up front than other plants, but they’re heartier and require less water, and they’ll come back year after year. 2014 marks the 12th year for the annual Xeriscape Garden Tour, to be held on July 19th. Experts will be on hand at each of the homes on the tour to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. To get some ideas on what to plant in your Xeriscape garden, go to: sierraclubbigbeargroup.org to download pictures of  gardens from past tours. For additional information on this year’s tour or to have your garden included in the tour, contact Christie Walker at...

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Sierra Club Leads Hikers to Recognition on the PCT

Big Bear City, CA, January 8, 2014 – The Sierra Club Big Bear Group leads group hikes every year on local trails. In 2014, it’s participating in the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section B Award Program, in which each hiker who completes all 101.4 miles receives a recognition patch and attends the annual awards party. This section of the PCT is divided into 8 day-hikes, starting this Saturday in San Diego County. From Warner Springs, Section B heads north to the I-10 Freeway near Palm Springs. The trails passes through the Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Jacinto Mountain Wilderness, and the San Bernardino National Forest, and includes elevation gains of nearly 17,000 feet. The following is a tentative schedule for completing Section B, of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014: Jan 11, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 1: Hwy 79 southwest of Warner Springs to Indian Flats CG Road 9S05, 9.2 mile hike Jan 25, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 2: Indian Flats CG Road 9S05 to Chihuahua Valley Road, 9.3 miles Feb 8, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 3: Chihuahua Valley Road to Tule Canyon Truck Trail, 10.3 miles Feb 22, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 4: Tule Canyon Truck Road to Highway 74, 15.7 miles Sep 27, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 7: Devils Slide TH to Fuller Ridge TH, 14.5 miles Oct 11, 2014 (SAT) – Segment 8: Fuller Ridge TH to I-10 FWY, 19.8...

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Sierra Club Environmental Film Festival

Fawnskin, CA, November 9, 2012, 6am – On Thursday November 15, 2012, at 6:30pm, the Sierra Club Big Bear Group will present their annual Environmental Film Festival at the Discovery Center.  They have two movies this year. “America’s Wildest Refuge” celebrates the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, its formation and expansion, and the fight to preserve it. You’ll see the pioneers who worked to preserve it, Native Americans who depend on its stability, and the animals who live there. After a short break, the group will watch “Born to be Wild” which tells the story of orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them, saving endangered species one animal at a time.  Bring your comfortable chairs and drinks, the popcorn will be provided. For more information go to the Sierra Club Big Bear Group...

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