Category: San Bernardino National Forest

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 the same location. Not only can bears get sick from ingesting trash, they can also become dangerous as they begin to associate humans with food. In order to keep bears in the wild and people safe, CDFW provides the following Bear Aware tips for people living in or visiting bear country. For residents, purchase and properly use a bear-proof garbage container and wait to put trash out until the morning of collection day. Don’t leave trash, groceries or animal feed in your car. Keep barbecue grills clean and stored in a garage or shed when not in use. Don’t leave any scented products outside, including non-food items like suntan lotion and candles. Harvest fruit off trees as soon as it is ripe, and promptly collect fruit that falls. For campers and hikers, store anything smelly...

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Prescribe Burn in Angelus Oaks

Big Bear, CA, April 24th, 2016 – Forest Service Fire crews are planning to burn approximately 12 acres as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project.  Weather and conditions permitting, firefighters are planning to start the burning project as early as Tuesday next week. The project area will be divided into two sections along road 1N12 immediately north of the Angelus Oaks community.  Smoke and flames will be visible to residents and motorists along State Route 38 and may be visible from other mountain communities and highways. Firefighters will be using a technique called “hand burning” using a variety of tools such...

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Volunteers Needed for Annual Meadows Edge Clean-Up Day

Big Bear, CA, April 14, 2016 – The second annual Meadows Edge Clean Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the popular day use picnic area from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help with the general clean up and prepare this popular family area for the 2016 summer season.   Registration is required at MountainsFoundation. Volunteers can participate with family and friends and make it FUN! Free lunch and tools are provided.  In addition, an opportunity drawing will be available to win prizes. “We’re looking forward to the 2016 event to pull together...

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