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Combining Forces to Support Big Bear’s Trails

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The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation  and Southern California Mountains Foundation  have been working in lockstep on non-motorized trail related projects in the Big Bear Valley for several years. Now, they seek to increase their capabilities and streamline support for trails in the Big Bear Valley by joining forces.  The public is encouraged to attend an official ceremony at the Big Bear Discovery Center, March 28, at 6:30pm - 7:30pm. “We invite everyone to attend and celebrate the marriage of our organizations and learn what’s in store for the upcoming trail season” says Bennett Rossell, Trails Coordinator for the Southern California Mountains Foundation.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Partnerships to support trails in the Big Bear Valley have never been stronger.  Please join us Wednesday, March 28th to learn more about what’s been happening to support trails, plans for the future and how to get involved!  Together, we  will also be introducing new volunteer…
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Seeking Volunteers to Staff Fire Lookouts in the Forest

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The Fire Lookout Host Program, one of the many volunteer programs of the Southern California Mountains Foundation, is now recruiting volunteers to staff fire lookouts for the 2018 fire season. Lookout Volunteers help protect the forest and local mountains communities as well as communities along the forest boundary from the threat of fire. Additionally, Lookout Volunteers act as hosts to the multitude of public that visit the towers. New Volunteer trainings begin April 9th, 2018. Becoming a Fire Lookout host is serious business and a lot of fun! Volunteers must attend 4 training classes: a two hour Orientation class, a three hour Natural History class, a seven hour Operations class, and an all-day In-Tower Training that puts you in the fire lookout with an experienced host. Becoming a fire lookout is an interesting, enjoyable, and rewarding undertaking. However, it is not a position to be taken lightly. Our lookout hosts must…
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SCMF Seeks Comments on Preliminary OHV Grant Applications

Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public input on OHV State Grant SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 5, 2018 –The Southern California Mountains Foundation is seeking public comments regarding their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) 2017/2018 grant proposals that were preliminarily submitted on March 5, 2018. This opens the second public review and comment period.  Comments can be submitted from Tuesday, March 6th through Monday, April 2, 2018 by 5pm. The Foundation will review and consider all public comments and submit the final application to the State on May 7, 2018. Initial public comments were solicited and received by the Foundation in January and February of this year. We are submitting one proposal that will support Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) education programs on the San Bernardino National Forest. The Foundation is soliciting public input specific to our 2017-2018 grant application proposals for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor…
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SCMF Seeks Input On OHV Grants 2019

For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Stamer                lstamer@mountainsfoundation.org Date:      January 8, 2018 Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public Input on OHV State Grants SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., January 8, 2018 –The Southern California Mountains Foundation will be seeking public input for their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) grants that will be submitted on March 5, 2018. California state regulations require public input prior to the preliminary application deadline for this fund allocation process. These grants support Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) education and safety activities on the San Bernardino National Forest. The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, the San Bernardino National Forest, and the Southern California Mountains Foundation have maintained a successful partnership for more than 15 years and have granted the Foundation funding to produce quality safety and education programs and to complete several successful restoration projects. …
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Winter Trails Day 2018

National Winter Trails Day January 13, 2018 Big Bear Discovery Center Fawnskin, CA . . . The Southern California Mountains Foundation will host its 7th Annual Southern California Winter Trails Day on January 13, 2018 from 10am to 2pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try winter activities, such as snowshoeing, for FREE.  Smokey Bear will also be making an appearance. A 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing will be hosted every hour starting at 10:30 a.m.  Registration will be available at 10 a.m. limited to 20 people per demo.  Snowshoes will be provided.  (This activity is dependent on snow, so….Think Snow!) “Strap on a pair of snowshoes and you'll quickly see why snowshoeing has become one of the fastest-growing winter sports,” said Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager. “If you can walk, you can snowshoe. People…
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