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Membership in the Southern California Mountains Foundation Helps Protect Natural Spaces #ThinkNature Campaign Connects Communities with Efforts to Protect Public Lands. San Bernardino, Calif. – March 21, 2017 -- The Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) is pleased to announce the launch of #ThinkNature, a unique membership campaign focused on raising awareness and funds to support the mission of connecting communities to their public lands and protecting these natural spaces for future generations to enjoy.   Since 1992 the Mountains Foundation has worked to inspire and engage individuals from all walks of life in environmental citizenship.  Stacy Gorin, Executive Officer, Southern California Mountains Foundation states, “We believe that connecting communities to our public lands is key to their survival.  Through the Southern California Mountains Foundation’s six programs and an army of volunteers, we work to steward the places you love to play.” Over the past 30 years, use of national forests has…
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Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez Day Observed at local Bobby Vega Park San Bernardino, Calif. – March 22, 2017 -- The Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF) is pleased to announce that it will be celebrating the legacy of Cesar Chavez Day by planting a memorial garden at the local Bobby Vega Park in San Bernardino. Since 1992 the Mountains Foundation has worked to inspire and engage individuals from all walks of life in environmental citizenship.  Stacy Gorin, Executive Officer, Southern California Mountains Foundation states, “We believe that connecting communities to our public lands is key to their survival.  Through the Southern California Mountains Foundation’s six programs and an army of volunteers, we work to steward the places you love to play and provide a workforce development program for underserved youth in conservation based fields.” On March 31, we will be celebrating Cesar Chavez day, while also honoring one of our own, Bobby Vega, whom…
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SCMF Seeks Input On OHV Grants

Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public input on OHV State Grants SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 7, 2017 –The Southern California Mountains Foundation will be seeking public comments regarding their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) 2016/2017 grant proposals that were preliminarily submitted on March 6, 2017. This opens the second public review and comment period.  Comments can be submitted from Tuesday, March 7th through Monday, April 3, 2017 by 5pm. The Foundation will review and consider all public comments and submit the final application to the State on May 1, 2017. Initial public comments were solicited and received by the Foundation in February. We are submitting two proposals that will support Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) education programs and restoration activities on the San Bernardino National Forest. The Foundation is soliciting public input specific to our 2016-2017 grant application proposals for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle…
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Winter Trails Day 2017

Two feet of snow turned Big Bear into a winter wonderland last week, just in time for the 6th annual Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center on Saturday, January 14. Winter Trails Day is a national event dedicated to promoting winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Here in Big Bear, the event was a roaring success with around 1,500 members of the public attending – many from the local SoCal area, but also from as far afield as New England and Texas. The day was a mix of outdoor activities to take advantage of the fresh snow, and cozy indoor happenings fueled by hot cocoa and fresh coffee. Children enjoyed recyclable nature crafts and StoryTime with Discovery Center staff and volunteers, while adults and families alike could choose from a range of activities including snowshoeing, nature walks and good old-fashioned snowman building. Visitors learned to…
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Winter Activities at the Big Bear Discovery Center

  Snow has covered Big Bear, creating the perfect winter wonderland. Visitors from all over Southern California come up to the mountains to take advantage the various recreation activities; snowy hikes, skiing and boarding, sledding, and snowshoeing of course! The Big Bear Discovery Center is your gateway to adventure and discovery in the San Bernardino National Forest. Visit the Discovery Center to get forest information, passes, and permits. While here, walk around to view displays, stop at the naturalist desk and have your nature questions answered, or join in on one of the weekend programs. The Discovery Center offers year-round activities for all ages. The winter brings some of our favorite visitors to the forest- bald eagles! Volunteer to help the USFS count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. All volunteer eagle counts meet at the Discovery Center between 8-8:30am. Please dress warm and bring your own…
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