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Give Big and Plant a Tree

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Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF), is a non-profit organization that focuses on conservation, outdoor education, and responsible recreation within the Southern California mountains. Harnessing volunteers, donations, and grants, SCMF provides multiple ways for individuals and communities to connect to their public lands.  This years conservation focus is tree planting within the Lake Fire of the San Bernardino National Forest. In 2015, the Lake Fire burned over 40,000 acres on critical lands within the San Gorgonio Wilderness and its borders. We are fundraising to help the Forest Service replant this area.  Here is how your donation will help: Your $10 will fund our Urban Conservation Corps to plant a tree and learn conservation-oriented jobs skills.  Your $20 will help fund our crews to plant 5 trees. Your $50 will help fund our crews to plant 20 trees.  A $100 donation will help plant 75 trees. We believe that understanding and sharing our…
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OHV Safety & Education Program

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September 7, 2017 The Southern California Mountains Foundation Off Highway Vehicle Safety and Education Program is making its rounds in Southern California.  "Education booths are set up at various high volume functions to help us spread the word on responsible motorized vehicle recreation on public lands", says Rick Lavello, program coordinator. This week you can find Rick and his volunteers at the L.A. County Fair where he is spreading educational messages to the public and various groups of children.  During the weekend of September 15-17, the educational trailer will move over to the Sand Sport Super Show at the Orange County Fairgrounds to meet with Off Highway Vehicle enthusiasts.  On the weekend of September 30th-October 1st Rick will take his program to the Offroad Expo in Pomona.   The program emphasizes the need to stay on authorized routes to prevent resource damage. He and his volunteers inform the public on where they…
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Mountaintop Trail Rally

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In short, Big Bear’s Mountaintop Trail Rally is just what it says it is- a gathering… for trail users… on the top of a mountain… and we want you there. Equal parts race and leisure, MTR is much more than getting out on trails. It’s a celebration of our beautiful trail system in Big Bear and what all trail stakeholders (which includes the community) have accomplished improving it throughout the years. What’s more, all proceeds directly benefit Big Bear’s trail system, so we’ll have more to celebrate next year. Presented by Team Big Bear, and through the strong partnership between the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Mountaintop Trail Rally aims to unite the widest range of trail users in a single place through a competitive mountain bike race, non-competitive mountain bike ride, trail run, and hike. In other words, any way you enjoy…
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June 24th Kenny Metcalf''s Tribute to Elton John: Season Opener for Music in the Mountains Series

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Southern California Mountains Foundation is pleased to open its 12th season of Music in the Mountains on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with two-time crowned “World’s Greatest Tribute Band” featuring Kenny Metcalf as ‘Elton’, A Tribute to Elton John, at the outdoor Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.  Opening for Kenny Metcalf is artist Mia Karter and The Winehouse Experience, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.  Tickets are on sale at MountainsFoundation.org. Music in the Mountains is presented by Big Bear Vacations. “We’re preparing for one of our best seasons yet packed with 12 of the best tribute classic rock and country bands for 6 Saturday concerts under the stars this summer at the Discovery Center,” shared Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Executive Officer.   “New sponsors and concession partners are joining us in building a community committed to raising funds through the power of music to benefit our year-round conservation…
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National Trails Day!

National Trails Day Celebration on Big Bear's Cabin 89 Trail! Join us for a morning of trail work June 3; 9am-1pm! Meet us at Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Work will be performed on the Cabin 89 Trail where we will reroute a section of trail, build a new one, and perform maintenance work throughout the trail. Trail work from 9am-12pm, followed by a free BBQ lunch at Aspen Glen from 12pm-1pm. Space is limited, so register now to secure your place on the trail and a free t-shirt, courtesy of our phenomenal partner, REI! Sign up today!  Come one, come all! No age limit or experience needed. We will provide the direction, tools, and food. However, please come with the outdoor basics: closed toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, jacket (just in case) and gloves if possible. See you June 3!
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