We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that (1) supports youth development through conservation initiatives integrating environmental education, training and hands-on service projects; (2) protects our natural resources through adult and family-led programming; (3) provides interpretive services that focus on outdoor recreation, responsible use, and stewardship of our natural environment; and (4) collaborates with multi-agencies to help create healthy forested and urban communities.
We achieve our mission by raising money, organizing critical volunteer resources, and creating and managing programs focused on health, stewardship and sustainability of our Southern California mountains and urban “forests”.
Awards and Recognition!
We're so honored to wrap up our 20th-year anniversary year with recognition and accolades from our partners for making a BIG difference in the health and future of our public lands and our youth. Though a strong collaboration among staff, volunteers and community partners, all sharing a passion for getting more people outdoors, giving back through community service and recreating responsibly, your Southern California Mountains Foundation has been recognized with these awards for our work in 2013:
Partner of the Year, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Organization of the Year, California Invasive Plant Council
Nonprofit of the Year, Big Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce
Certified Conservation Corps of Inland Empire, California Conservation Corps
21st Century Conservation Corps
For more information, check out our press release! Thank you for your support; we look forward to continuing and building our relationships in the coming year!
Changing Lives in San Bernardino Our partners from Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water of Nestle Waters North America spent a few days interviewing our very dedicated adult and youth volunteers this past spring. This particular video (top right sidebar) shows how our Urban Conservation Corps transforms people's lives. These stories are a privilege to listen to and offer inspiration for the ability to overcome challenges. Enjoy.
Forest Care Wrapping Up Forest Care is currently wrapping up the program and processing reimbursement requests. Forest Care is no longer taking any new appointments at this time. Program closure is scheduled mid-December 2013. Thank you to everyone who participated in the program. We appreciate your efforts to make our forests healthier and our communities more fire safe!