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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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Seeking Restoration Volunteers

Volunteers are needed by the Southern California Mountains Foundation!  Come help us protect and restore forest habitat and you'll feel great!  We will teach you how to collect native seeds, water restoration sites, plant trees and native plants, work in the native plant nurseries and remove invasive plants! For more information please email us at volunteer@mountainsfoundation.org. Check our full calendar at: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/3/r?tab=wc or click HERE to sign up.  Fall-Winter 2019 Schedule: Saturday, December 7, 2019. 9AM - 2PM Big Bear Area Seed Collecting Meet at the Big Bear Ranger Station at 9:00 AM and caravan out to Big Pine Flats to seed collect.  Work is not arduous and is quite fun!
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OHV Volunteer Orientation

For Immediate Release Date: November 12, 2019 Contact:   Rick Lavello 909.382.2606 rlavello@mountainsfoundation.org OHV Volunteer Program Orientation November 16th, 2019 9:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. San Bernardino National Forest Headquarters The Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) is seeking individuals interested in joining our Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Education and Safety Program.  Volunteers will help us spread the word on safe, responsible, and sustainable motorized recreation on public lands. Join the fun and share your off-highway knowledge and enthusiasm at local dealerships, community events, schools, industry shows, and out on forest trails and staging areas.  SCMF will provide all of the training and materials you need, just bring your passion for the outdoors and OHVs! To learn more about becoming an OHV volunteer contact: Rick Lavello at rlavello@moountainsfoundation.org or attend our OHV Volunteer Orientation on November 16th, 2019 from 9:00 am -2pm at the San Bernardino National Forest Headquarters located at 602 S. Tippecanoe…
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Restoration Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteers are needed by the Southern California Mountains Foundation!  Come help us protect and restore forest habitat and You'll Feel Great!  We will teach you how to collect native seeds, water restoration sites, plant trees and native plants, work in the native plant nurseries and remove invasive plants! For more information please email us at volunteer@mountainsfoundation.org. Check our full calendar at: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/3/r?tab=wc or click HERE to sign up. Fall 2019 Schedule September 14th: Seed Collecting near the Baldy Mesa Staging Area. CLOSED September 21st: Lytle Creek Nursery Day- watering native plants and weed removal. Sign up hereSeptember 28th: National Public Lands Day- meadow restoration at Cienega Redondo (Big Bear Area). Free lunch is included! For more information click here and please email: megan.clement@usda.gov October 5th: Private event with Yamaha Corporation. Rattlesnake Mountain trail brushing & mulching. If you are interested in hosting a private restoration…
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Pedal Path Improvement Day

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Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Day, June 8, 2019 Volunteers Needed Fawnskin, CA . . . Alpine Pedal Path Improvement Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019, meeting at the popular day use picnic area, Meadows Edge, from 9am to 1pm.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to help install signs and benches, repair drainage, remove rocks, sand and trash from along Big Bear’s most popular trail.   Registration is requested at https://appday19.eventbrite.com or mountainsfoundation.org. Volunteers can participate with family and friends and make it FUN! Free lunch and tools are provided.  In addition, an opportunity draw will be available to win prizes.  “We’re looking forward to the 2019 event to pull together as a community and give back to the North Shore and the incredibly popular Alpine Pedal Path that serves thousands of visitors and locals each year,” exclaimed Bennett Rossell, Non-Motorized Trails Coordinator, Southern California Mountains Foundation.  “During this work…
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Music In The Mountains Season 14

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Southern California Mountains Foundation Announces Season 14 Music in the Mountains Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater Re:  Tickets Now on Sale at MountainsFoundation.org Fawnskin, CA . . .  The nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation is pleased to announce its 2019 summer concert season at the outdoor Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.  The series will feature the best classic rock and country tribute shows available nationally with a five-show schedule.  Season passes, premium tickets, and general admission tickets are on sale at MountainsFoundation.org.  Presenting sponsor Big Bear Vacations returns to support Season 14 of the nonprofit’s largest fundraiser. “We’re excited to launch this summer’s schedule and thank our new and returning sponsors who are joining us in raising money this season to support the Mountains Foundation’s programs focused on conservation, education and responsible recreation through the power of this concert series,” shared Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Executive Officer.   “Our schedule…
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