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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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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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Xeriscape Garden Tour This Weekend Celebrates 10 Years

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 13, 2012, 8:00am – The Xeriscape Garden Tour will celebrate its 10th year of showcasing homes that exemplify the best in water conservation through Xeriscape landscaping. The tour is set for Saturday, July 14th and will feature 6 to 7 gardens, two nurseries and the Flower Show and Plant Sale at the PAC. Highlights of this year’s tour will include: a FireWise home, which showcases how to be both drought-tolerant and fire safe at the same time; native plant expert Orchid Black at Hunters Nursery answering questions about the benefits of native plants; and a new scavenger hunt component at each home where kids and adults can search for unique, highlighted garden art or features. Participants can start the free tour any time between 9 am and noon at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery on Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake. Attendees will have until 4:00 pm to complete the self-guided tour. Booklets, a map to the locations and signs will help attendees drive from one location to the next. Sierra Club volunteers are on hand at each home to guide arrivals and point out some of the features at that home. The start location will have a number of booths on hand with information on composting, water conservation and native plants. The purpose of the tour is to educate homeowners and increase awareness of the use of...

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Learn How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Big Bear, Ca, October 20, 2011, 8:00am – The Sierra Club Big Bear group is making it easier for you to have an energy efficient home, as they will host their Green Energy Symposium tonight.  The meeting will take place at 6:30pm at the Discovery Center, and will feature local speakers who have expertise in green energy, including, wind, solar, and creating an energy efficient home.  Peter Pearson from Bear Valley Electric will be on hand to update attendees on new regulations and standards, and what is coming in the future.  Local electrician, Bob Ludecke will be talking about wind systems that he has installed, including his own.  Larry Winslow, the Fire Captain at the Baldwin Lake Fire Department, will provide his knowledge of energy efficient houses, including using structurally insulated panels, and the use of wind turbines.  Captain John, of Fawn Harbor and Marina, will speak on how his home doesn’t use any electricity at all, and how he has made his home so energy efficient, he can heat it with a candle or two.  The Green Energy Symposium is free to the public, and everyone is invited to...

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3rd Annual Energy Symposium

The Sierra Club Big Bear Group is hosting a green energy symposium on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 at the Discovery Center.  Guest speakers will talk about the latest in energy regulations, technology, and products.  The program is free to...

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