Category: Environment

Update on the Pilot Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 8, 2016 – The Pilot Fire started at about 12:10 pm on Sunday, August 7, near the Miller Canyon OHV area off of Highway 138. The Forest Service is in Unified Command with CALFIRE, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol. This morning, the Forest Service used infrared mapping on the fire and updated the acreage to 4,500 acres with 5%containment. Highway 173 is closed between State Route 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road. Hwy 138 is now open between I-15 and Crestline/Hwy 18. Forest roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, and 2N37 are closed. Miller Canyon OHV Area...

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The Adventure Pass is Back

San Bernardino, CA, July 20 – To implement a settlement reached by plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service, a district court has vacated a 2014 ruling that affected the U.S. Forest Service’s ability to enforce recreation fees at standard amenity recreation fee sites in the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests in southern California. On May 19, 2016, the district court granted a joint motion by the plaintiffs and the U.S. Forest Service to accept the settlement agreement, which resulted in the 2014 judgment being vacated. Standard amenity recreation fee sites provide amenities such as designated developed parking, picnic tables, toilet facilities,...

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California Naturalist Volunteer Training Big Bear Discovery Center; September-November 2016

Big Bear, CA, July 17th, 2016 – Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the amazing and unique ecology of California? If so, consider becoming a California Naturalist! Southern California Mountains Foundation is proud to host a California Naturalist Volunteer Training at the Big Bear Discovery Center in Fawnskin, CA beginning September 16, 2016 and through November 4, 2016; every Friday from 9am to 12pm. Three Saturdays will be devoted to field trips with hours 9am to 4pm. California Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and...

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Youth Conservation Corps Benefits Students and Mountains

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, July 11, 2016 – High school students, ages 15-17, are using their summer break to work in conservation, side-by-side with the Southern California Mountains Foundation and U.S. Forest Service staff, fulfilling a need for trail maintenance in the Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests. It’s a 7-week paid assignment for 11 students in a grant funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Sandy Bonilla, director, SCMF’s Urban Conservation Corp of the Inland Empire stated, “We’re educating our multi-cultural urban youth on environmental issues through their service.  They are having fun and working hard while developing an affinity...

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CALFIRE Officials Confirm Over 66 Million Dead Trees in CA

Big Bear, CA, June 24, 2016 – As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California’s forest health and wildfire danger. The US Forest Service released the outcome of its latest aerial surveys over California forestland, finding that over 66 million trees have now died due to drought and bark beetles since 2010. That number is up from 29 million dead trees in 2015 and 3.3 million in 2014. CAL FIRE director, Chief Ken Pimlott states, “We must continue our work to remove dead trees around roadways...

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