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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 OHV Grant Program Input

Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public input on Off Highway Vehicle State Grants The Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) is seeking public input for their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) grant that will be submitted on March 2, 2020. California state regulations require public input prior to the preliminary application deadline for this fund allocation process. This grant supports 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 17 years. The State of California has granted the Foundation funding to produce quality safety and education programs and the completion of several successful restoration projects.  We are encouraging the public to provide suggestions for our grant that will improve our OHV safety and education program.…
Categories: Current Posts , Off-Highway Vehicles , News

Big Bear Discovery Center Temporarily Closed

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The Big Bear Discovery Center will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, November 11, 2019 for renovations. It is anticipated to reopen in the summer of 2020. During this time, forest information and Adventure Passes can be obtained at the Big Bear Visitor Center located at: 40824 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 or visit  https://www.bigbear.com/travel-tools/visitor-center/.  There will be alternate locations for naturalist hikes and educational events.  Check out the Big Bear Discovery Center facebook pages for updates: https://www.facebook.com/BigBearDiscoveryCenter/ Adventure Passes can also be purchased in the area at 30 local businesses, which can be found in an online database: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detai…/…/passes-permits/recreation/… (search for Big Bear and Fawnskin separately in the "Search all columns" box) Wood permits can be purchased by appointment at the forest's headquarters in San Bernardino. Call 909-382-2600 during normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed on federal holidays) or by completing the Feedback Form…
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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!
Categories: Current Posts , Children's Forest , Discovery Center

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Off-Highway Vehicles

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Children's Forest , Discovery Center

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