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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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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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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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