Category: Environment

Wolf Awareness Week at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Big Bear, CA, October 5, 2016 – During the week of October 9-15, keepers at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo will emphasize the importance of wolves to their ecosystem with daily dedicated keeper talks. On Saturday, October 15, 2016, they will place specific attention on the roles that wolves play in maintaining this delicate balance through talks and enrichment presentations. At the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, they seek to educate the public about the roles that all animals play in perpetuating a healthy environment, emphasizing the greater role that humans play in protecting both species and habitat. Like a large mosaic, a healthy environment is comprised of many integral sections.  In parts of the United States, wolves play a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of their habitat. Celebrate the final day of Wolf Awareness Week at Big Bear Alpine Zoo on October 15. Sharpen your skills in wolf behavior interpretation or join the pack in a community howl.  Zoo keepers will be highlighting the zoo’s wolf packs on Saturday, October 15 with hourly enrichment presentations from 12 noon until 3 PM. For more information on the Wolf Awareness Day activities call (909) 584-1299. Big Bear Alpine Zoo is located at 43285 Goldmine Drive in Big Bear Lake. The zoo is open every day from 10 am to 4...

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Full Closures on Arctic Circle to Begin Monday October 3rd

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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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 be beautiful and healthy places for all to enjoy!” shared Juli Goss, Restoration Manager of the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Registration is required at MountainsFoundation.org. Participants will meet at 9:00am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, located on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake, and caravan in their own vehicle 13 miles to the planting site in the forest. High clearance vehicles are recommended for travel to the site on dirt roads. A map, lunch, tools, and gloves will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring water, hat and sunscreen. A portable toilet will be available on site. The day of giving will end by 3:00pm at the Discovery Center. Volunteers will receive a fee-free use pass for a National Forest or National Park for their service; good for one...

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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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