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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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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…
Categories: Current Posts , Adopt a Trail

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Fire Lookouts

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Off-Highway Vehicles

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Music in the Mountains , Discovery Center , News

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!
Categories: Current Posts , Discovery Center , Adopt a Trail

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