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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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Migratory Bird Day May 11th

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International Migratory Bird Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center Fawnskin, CA  . . . The Big Bear Discovery Center is celebrating Migratory Bird Day from 10am-2pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Discovery Center will be holding several activities to celebrate our spring birds and educate visitors on conservation efforts to protect them.  Activities include birdhouse building, bird crafts, nature walks, bird walks, and StoryTime. Find out what bird has the same wingspan as you! “We love having visitors join us for a fun and educational day celebrating our feathered friends!” says Wendy Craig, Discovery Center Manager. The Discovery Center is an educational and informational portal to the San Bernardino National Forest and is located within the heart of the Big Bear Valley. A visit to the Big Bear Discovery Center heightens awareness on how to become a more responsible steward of a national forest while increasing enjoyment and knowledge…
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Public Comments Encouraged for OHV State Prelim Grant Applications

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For Immediate Release Contact: Linda Stamer               lstamer@mountainsfoundation.org Date:      March 4, 2019 Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public input on Draft Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) State Grants SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 4, 2019 –The Southern California Mountains Foundation is seeking public comments on two preliminary grants submitted on March 4, 2019 to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD). These draft applications were based on public and staff feedback given in January and February and seek to support OHV education and restoration efforts in the San Bernardino National Forest. Comments can be submitted from Tuesday, March 5th through Monday, May 6, 2019 by 5pm. The Southern California Mountains Foundation, the San Bernardino National Forest, and the State of California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division has had a successful partnership for the past 15 years restoring forest lands and providing quality OHV education programs. Full…
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Public Comments Now Being Sought for OHV Grants

Public comments sought for 2020 Off-Highway Vehicle grants SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — For over 20 years, San Bernardino National Forest has been a recipient of over ten million dollars from California’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grants. The money has gone to creating and maintaining OHV staging areas and trails, route monitoring and education, enforcing OHV regulations, and restoring lands damaged by OHV use. The forest has 65 miles of green sticker trails, 169 miles of green sticker roads, and an additional 734 miles of level 2 roads open to SUV/4WD use, of which 104 miles are 4WD routes. So what’s next for the program? That’s where the public comes in. Forest officials are encouraging the public to provide suggestions for grants that will improve the forest’s OHV program by either attending an open house or sending suggestions. The agency plans to request grant funds from the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle…
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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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