Scanning the Skies for Bald Eagles

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Big Bear Lake, CA, December 12, 2013 - Every year, the Forest Service conducts simultaneous bald eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, Lake Perris, and Lake Hemet--but they couldn't do it without volunteers. Volunteers are now being recruited for the 35th series of counts, , which will take place over the … [Read more...]

Forest Recreation Sites Closed by Government Shutdown

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, October 9, 2013 - The Federal lapse in funding is officially restricting some recreation in the San Bernardino National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has provided the following list of closures. All Campgrounds and Yellow Post sites are closed: In the Big Bear Area, this includes Serrano, Pineknot, … [Read more...]

U.S. Forest Service Suspends Some Services

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 - Due to the lapse in agency funding, the sale of all types of permits for the San Bernardino National Forest -- including recreation, firewood, etc. -- are suspended. Federally owned recreation sites and offices are closed.  These services will be available once federal funding is restored. Law … [Read more...]

Forest Visitors to be Surveyed on Activities and Satisfaction

Big Bear Valley, CA, October 4, 2013 - Federal furloughs notwithstanding, the San Bernardino National Forest will be participating in a one-year visitor survey called the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM). This survey process, done in partnership with the University of California at San Marcos, will be conducted  through September 30, … [Read more...]

This Saturday, Forget the Forest Fees

San Bernardino National Forest, September 27, 2013 - The San Bernardino National Forest is offering a fee-free day this Saturday in conjunction with the 20th annual National Public Lands Day. On September 28, no Adventure Pass will be required for use of Standard Amenity Fee sites. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day … [Read more...]

Watch Out For Wildlife!

San Bernardino National Forest, September 17, 2013 - Many mountain residents have heard of drivers accidentally hitting deer or bears on local highways, but here are some startling statistics: In 2010, there were over 1,800 wildlife-vehicle collisions statewide, causing approximately $1 billion in property damage (per the California Highway … [Read more...]

Discovery Center Breaks New Ground

Fawnskin, CA, August 30, 2013 -- The Big Bear Discovery Center has long been an education portal to the outdoors. Now, it is the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in a U.S. National Forest. Nature Explore Classrooms are part of a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation … [Read more...]

13,000 Pot Plants Seized at Butler Creek

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San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 27, 2013 - In the predawn hours of August 22, the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted an eradication operation near Butler Creek, about four miles west of the Big Bear Lake Dam. With assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the DEA and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, investigators … [Read more...]

Widespread Phone Outage; Verizon Fixing Fiber Optic Cable

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, August 22, 2013 - According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, a Verizon Fiber Optic Cable has been damaged in the Big Bear area. The issue is being addressed, however, it is unknown when the cable will be repaired. Individuals have been reporting various problems with both land lines and cell phones … [Read more...]

Fire Department Reminds Residents to Take Precautions Now

San Bernardino National Forest, CA, August 16, 2013 -- By early April, California was already showing signs of having one of the most active fire seasons in history. In our county in particular, low moisture, plentiful fuels, and the forthcoming Santa Ana winds pose a triple threat. Are you prepared? The San Bernardino National Forest regularly … [Read more...]