Category: Environment

San Bernardino National Forest Announces New Deputy Forest Supervisor

Big Bear, CA, September 29, 2016 – Kay Wiand has been selected as the new Deputy Forest Supervisor of the San Bernardino National Forest.  She is currently the National Budget Coordinator for Recreation, Lands and Wilderness Programs in the Washington Office. “We are very excited about Kay coming to the Inland Empire,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron.  “She has significant experience in recreation, lands, and the forest service budget.  Kay’s energy and grasp of complex issues will make her a great addition to the San Bernardino National Forest.” Wiand, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in History...

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US Forest Service Needs Volunteers

Big Bear, CA, September 21, 2016 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service is calling for volunteers, ages 6 and older, to join them on National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Volunteers are needed to help plant hundreds of milkweed plants in the San Bernardino National Forest for monarch butterfly habitat enhancement. “Bring your family, friends, students, or coworkers to spend the day outdoors giving back to your favorite mountains, the San Bernardinos.  Your work will help ensure our public lands continue to...

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Full Closures on Arctic Circle to Begin in October

Big Bear, CA, September 9, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, will close State Route 18 in the “Arctic Circle” Monday through Friday, October 3, to October 27, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No closures are scheduled for Friday, October 14. The closure limits are between Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Dam. The full closure will take place during daytime hours due to safety considerations and additional work. Caltrans will be completing annual routine maintenance in preparation for winter. Some of the work items that will be completed are: rock climbing and bank scaling, turnout clearance, drain cleaning, and...

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SBD National Forest Increases Fire Restrictions

Big Bear, CA, September 1, 2016 – The San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions effective Friday, September 2, 2016. Continued hot and dry conditions, coupled with a long-term outlook that predicts no change in weather trends and normal fall winds, have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions on the National Forest. Designed to prevent accidental wildfires, these restrictions will affect additional recreation sites and become more restrictive in areas already in restrictions. “The Blue Cut and Pilot Fires are good examples of how fast new fires are likely to spread this year,”...

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Pilot Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Big Bear, CA, August 12, 2016 – Effective Friday, August 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., all evacuation orders and advisories for the mountain communities affected by the Pilot Fire have been lifted. Highway 173 will remain closed between Grass Valley Road and Rock Camp, and all previously closed forest roads shall be restricted to fire traffic to support ongoing suppression and rehabilitation operations. The fire has burned 8,115 acres and is at 80% containment. Residents returning to the evacuation zone are asked to exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment will continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff shall continue enhanced patrols...

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