Tag: US Forest Service

BBFD Curbside Chipping Program is a Great Success

Big Bear, CA, October 23, 2015 – The Big Bear Fire Department would like thank the entire Big Bear Valley for their efforts keeping our community healthy by creating defensible space utilizing the Curbside Chipping Program which has now officially ended for the season. 1,215 community members participated in the program and more than 387 tons of flammable vegetation was chipped and diverted from landfill. Funding for the Chipping program is provided through Big Bear Fire Department, CAL FIRE, and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe...

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P-3 Aerial Firefighting Fleet To Be Revived

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, February 7, 2015 – Orion Aerial Firefighters is a company dedicated to return the P-3 Orion aircraft to aerial firefighting service. It is currently raising funds to bring these aircraft back to the fleet of air tankers. Dale Head, CEO of Orion Aerial Firefighters, says, “The US Forest service has a shortage of large air tankers, which dangerously reduces its firefighting capabilities. Pilots feel that the maneuverability and relatively short wingspan of the P-3 allows it to get to places other airtankers just cannot.” In 2011, after 20 years in service as the backbone of the US Forest Service’s large airtanker fleet for fighting wildland fires such as we’ve experienced here in the San Bernardino Mountains, the USFS cancelled the contract for six P-3 airtankers due to concern over maintenance practices by Aero Union, the owner of the P-3 fleet. Orion Aerial Firefighters has assembled a unique team of engineers, maintenance experts, and pilots who intend to return these aircraft to aerial firefighting. Their familiarity with these particular aircraft put Orion AFF in a unique position to return this P-3 fleet to service within a year of funding. If you would like to help return the fleet of P-3 Orion large airtankers as a critical component of the US Forest Service’s national firefighting fleet, got to...

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“Celebrate Your Love” of Nature at the Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, February 4, 2014 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation is presenting a “Celebrate Your Love” Benefit for the Discovery Center this Saturday, February 8th, at the Discovery Center, as a culmination of their holiday fund raising campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to continue the high level of service, programming and education provided by the Center. The Discovery Center welcomes 190,000 visitors annually and benefits youth education through a variety of programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels here in the Big Bear Valley. Tickets for the fund raising event to “Benefit the Discovery Center” are $50 per person and available online at www.MountainsFoundation.org. The evening includes a no-host cocktail reception; a silent auction with fantastic items including 4 Dodgers season passes with parking, 2 season passes to the Music in the Mountains summer concert series, and great local business gift certificates; dinner, generously donated by Northwoods Resort; and a short program. There will also be live music provided by local artist, Randy Boswell. The Discovery Center is a program of the Southern California Mountains Foundation and is co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Donations can be made online if you cannot attend the event but still wish to...

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Forest Visitors to be Surveyed on Activities and Satisfaction

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 – Federal furloughs notwithstanding, the San Bernardino National Forest will be participating in a one-year visitor survey called the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM). This survey process, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will be conducted  through September 30, 2014. The interviewers will be stationed in orange vests at key forest roads or exits from recreation areas, and tally the number of people per vehicle and ask visitors a few basic questions, including: – What activities did you participate in? – How long did you stay? – How satisfied are you with the facilities? – Where are you from? The information will be analyzed at a national tabulation center, summarized and published along with other national forests. This year-long study, which is performed every four to five years, is used by Congress, agency planners and those who study national visitor and recreation trends. It may also be used as part of the basis for allocating funding to recreation programs. The last sampling showed that the San Bernardino National Forest was visited approximately 2.4 million times for recreation in 2009, with over 76% of those visits made for physical activity. It was also found that more than half of the visitors live within 50 miles of the forest, and that 29% of visitors stayed overnight in a US Forest Service...

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