Category: Environment

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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CALFIRE Suspends Burn Permits and Asks Homeowners to Create Defensible Space

San Bernardino County, CA, June 16, 2016 –  While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area which includes San Bernardino County. This suspension went into effect June 13 th , 2016 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves. CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit Chief Glenn Barley says, “Given our abundant grass crop this year and recent fire activity in southern California, it’s very important that everyone avoid activity that might generate sparks which could start a wildfire.” Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director added, “As conditions across California are drying out further we must take every step to prevent new wildfires from sparking. Residents must ensure they have Defensible Space by removing dead trees and overgrown vegetation from around their homes, but do so safely.” Since January 1, 2016 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,344 wildfires. In the CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Unit, firefighters have responded to 168 wildfires. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home. Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures. Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants. And find alternative ways...

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