Category: San Bernardino National Forest

Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Create Three New Southern California National Monuments

Big Bear Lake, CA February 12, 2016 – New legislation was proceeding to create Desert and Mountain protection spearheaded by Senator Feinstein and Congressman Cook in a bipartisan effort, yet the president unilaterally used Antiquities Act to create what is being called the California Desert Monument.   Recently, the Big Bear Lake City Council, in a letter, urged the legislative process to continue and address the concerns of all the stakeholders in this vast and diverse area.  Three regions are now designated including “Sand to Snow” which includes San Gorgonio and areas of the San Bernardino National Forest. The reactions...

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US Forest Service First Fee Free Day Of 2016

Big Bear, CA, January 16, 2016 – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s dedication and forward thinking the US Forest Service would like to extend an invitation to everyone on Monday, January 18, for this year’s first “Fee Free Day” on the national forests in Southern California. The National Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and Los Padres National Forests. By waiving fees, The Forest Service is working to ensure as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and take advantage of the many recreational activities America’s...

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Missing Skiers Found

Big Bear, CA, January 8, 2016 – Shortly after 1:20 p.m. yesterday, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of missing skiers and snowboarders at Snow Summit. It was originally reported that an off-duty female employee of Snow Summit had gone out of bounds, became disoriented as fog and snow conditions persisted throughout the day, and was lost in the forest on the back side of the mountain. Deputies were able to make contact with the female via cell phone and get a screenshot of her location just before her battery went dead. As search efforts were initiated, deputies received information that two male subjects had located the female’s tracks at the top of the mountain and decided to follow them into the out of bounds area. They also became lost, but were able to locate the female. Deputies made contact via cell phone with one of the males and were able to obtain GPS coordinates of the subjects’ general location. Due to heavy snow conditions, access could only be gained using heavy equipment. The Snow Cat, snowmobiles, and four-wheel drive search vehicles were deployed from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station with search teams that included 4 deputies and 8 Search & Rescue members. The search teams ultimately located the subjects on Forest Service Road 2N10 at approximately 4:15 p.m. When they were located, a third male was with them and it was reported that an additional...

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Hikers and Their Dog Rescued After Spending the Night On San Gorgonio

San Bernardino County, CA, December 16, 2015 – The holidays will be much happier for the families of two hikers and their dog who were rescued Sunday after spending the night in below zero temperatures in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department says 21 year old Tiffany Finne of Costa Mesa and 29 year old Kenny Pasten, attempted to hike along the Vivian Creek Trail, from Forrest Falls to the summit of Mount San Gorgonio. They were unable to make it to the summit and although they did not have the proper clothing or shelter, they decided to stay the night on the mountain. In the early evening a weather system moved in, temperatures dropped below zero, and the area received several inches of snow.  On Monday, December 14th, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Kenny Pasten called 911 on his cellphone requesting help, but the call was dropped and the latitude/longitude captured by 911 was incorrect. There was also intermittent cloud cover near the summit, which initially prevented San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation personnel from searching for the victims. At approximately 10:10 a.m.,  with limited information, a search  began by air and approximately 45 minutes later, Pasten was found on a ridgeline about a half mile west of the San Gorgonio Summit. He was suffering from moderate hypothermia and non-life threatening injuries. Approximately 15 minutes later, the...

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Coroner Asking For Help Identifying Man Found In The Forest

Big Bear, Ca, December 9, 2015 – The Coroner’s Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an adult male who was found dead, inside a tent, in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Cedar Lake Camp on November 28. The decedent is described as a possible white male, had short grey hair and a beard, and was approximately 5’7″ – 5’8″ in height. He was wearing brown GoreTex Merrill boots, Polarma black thermal pants, a Polarmax black thermal shirt, blue hiking pants, a large light green button up shirt, and an Avalanche brand green and grey jacket. He was staying in a grey and green tent, and was using an orange and grey Suisse Sport sleeping bag. Anyone with information about the identification of this subject is requested to contact Det. Jim Wijnhamer at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, (909)...

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