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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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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

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…
Categories: Current Posts , Adopt a Trail , News

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

Mountaintop Trail Rally

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In short, Big Bear’s Mountaintop Trail Rally is just what it says it is- a gathering… for trail users… on the top of a mountain… and we want you there. Equal parts race and leisure, MTR is much more than getting out on trails. It’s a celebration of our beautiful trail system in Big Bear and what all trail stakeholders (which includes the community) have accomplished improving it throughout the years. What’s more, all proceeds directly benefit Big Bear’s trail system, so we’ll have more to celebrate next year. Presented by Team Big Bear, and through the strong partnership between the Southern California Mountains Foundation and the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Mountaintop Trail Rally aims to unite the widest range of trail users in a single place through a competitive mountain bike race, non-competitive mountain bike ride, trail run, and hike. In other words, any way you enjoy…
Categories: Current Posts , Discovery Center , Adopt a Trail

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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