Category: San Bernardino National Forest

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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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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Do Not Disturb Young Wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There

Big Bear, CA, May 10, 2016 – It’s springtime again and young wildlife are emerging from their dens and nests and beginning to learn the ways of the world. Because of this increase in wildlife activity, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds people to leave young wildlife alone if they come across them in the wild. The improper handling of young wildlife is a problem in California and across the nation, especially in spring. “Each species cares for and trains its young in unique ways,” said Nicole Carion, CDFW’s statewide coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation. “Some animals, such as...

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Be Bear Aware

Big Bear, CA, May 5, 2016 – In spring, hibernating bears emerge from their winter slumber and begin an almost perpetual search for food. It is not uncommon for a black bear to consume up to 20,000 calories a day. Unfortunately, this search can sometimes lead bears into populated areas and conflicts with humans. “A bear’s nose is seven times better than a hound dog’s, and it will lead a bear to anything that is edible or smelly”, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Once a bear finds an easy food source, it will return again and again to...

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