Category: Environment

Always Be Bear Aware

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, October 20, 2016 – Investigators from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have concluded the investigation of a bear attack on a Southern California man last Monday. CDFW is unable to confirm the current location of the bear. No further efforts will be made to trap and/or euthanize the bear. On Oct. 10, a 54-year-old hiker on national forest lands near Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County saw a bear on the trail in front of him. A few moments later, a second bear attacked him from the side, causing severe but not...

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Public Input Sought Re: Proposed Passenger Rail Service From L.A. to Indio

Big Bear, CA, October 13, 2016 – The Federal Railroad Administration, in cooperation with Caltrans and the Riverside County Transportation Commission, is holding three public scoping meetings to seek input regarding the proposed intercity passenger rail service between the cities of Los Angeles and Indio, also known as the Coachella Valley – San Gorgonio Pass Corridor. Meetings will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm, with brief presentations starting at 5:45 pm. The content of the presentation will be the same at each meeting; please attend the meeting location that is most convenient. The first meeting was held last night...

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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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