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Southern California Mountains Foundation

Volunteers Sought for National Trails Day in Big Bear 

Join the Southern California Mountains Foundation and donate your time on Saturday, June 2nd to show your support for the local effort to improve trails in the San Bernardino National Forest.  We will rally together in Big Bear on June 2, at the Big Bear Discovery Center to improve Cougar Crest trail, one of the most popular trails on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.  Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, and the first 75 registrants will receive a Scenic Skychair ticket to Snow Summit.  This event is sponsored by: Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, San Bernardino National Forest, Kodiak 100, City of Big Bear Lake, County of San Bernardino and the Southern California Mountains Foundation.  

Together we'll improve this 3-mile trail by improving drainage, realigning problem sections of the trail and performing general maintenance.  We encourage you to take the National Trails Day® pledge and join us as we hit the trail and leave it better than we found it during #NationalTrailsDay. To register for this event or to learn more visit: www.bbntd.eventbright.com ,  www.mountainsfoundation.org or www.trailsfoundation.org

“We’re excited to see so many valuable partners coming together for the benefit of Big Bear’s recreational trails.  National Trails Day is the perfect time to celebrate this teamwork. The City of Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, REI, the United States Forest Service, and, of course, the giving members of the public.  We’re committed to mobilizing more people to get outdoors and experience our beautiful National Forest.” said Bennett Rossell, Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator, Southern California Mountains Foundation and Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation.

Check-in will begin at 8:30am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 Hwy 38/North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333.   Trail work will be performed from 9am to 12pm, with BBQ lunch following at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, dress layered, wear long pants, and bring reusable water bottles and gloves.  All tools and instruction will be provided.   

The efforts from this year’s National Trails Day will complement the ongoing maintenance and trail-building within the Big Bear Valley.  

Since 1993, National Trails Day®, sponsored by American Hiking Society, has grown to inspire many thousands of people nationwide to celebrate and give back to the trails they love on one dedicated day.  America's 200,000 miles of trails allow access to our natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more.   

Together we'll improve 2,802 miles of trail on National Trails Day®

Each year people all across the country set out on trails in celebration of American Hiking Society's National Trails Day®. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System, American Hiking Society has set a goal to improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—on June 2nd for National Trails Day®.

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Big Bear Discovery Centers 20th Anniversary

For Immediate Release May 16, 2018 Contact:    Wendy Craig 909.382.2843 wcraig@mountainsfoundation.org Big Bear Discovery Center 20th Anniversary Celebration June 16 Big Bear Discovery Center Fawnskin, CA . . . The Southern California Mountains Foundation will host the 20th Anniversary of the Big Bear Discovery Center on June 16, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  The Big Bear Discovery Center opened in 1998 due to a combination of efforts between the SCMF (formerly the San Bernardino National Forest Association) and the US Forest Service. Both staff and volunteers have helped over 3 million visitors enjoy the forest and develop a sense of stewardship. To celebrate the anniversary, the Discovery Center will offer a number of interpretive programs, booths, and educational displays. All of our interpretive programs, such as birdhouse building, gold panning, nature crafts, etc. will be offered for free that day on a limited basis to thank…
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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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