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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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We are in unprecedented times. As the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to impact communities across the country and around the world, our thoughts are with our community members, volunteers, healthcare professionals, and others affected during this challenging time. At the Southern California Mountains Foundation (SCMF), we are working diligently to do our part to slow the spread of the virus, closely following guidance from government and health authorities. To help stop the spread of infection, we have paused all volunteer activities, work-related travel and implemented remote work for all employees who can do so. We are postponing all SCMF events. We appreciate all the work our staff and volunteers do to plan and run our many activities. We know the outdoors is an excellent place to exercise and provides peace and positivity in these troubling times. We encourage those who are choosing to get outside to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing…
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Community support is core to our mission. Together we have monitored the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis and its increasingly severe effects on our daily lives and communities. We at the Inland Empire Conservation Corps (UCCIE) fully appreciate how inundated your offices are navigating questions from constituents and finding solutions to keep your community safe and operating. As your non-profit partner, conservation corps around the state are responding and are ready to assist cities and counties across California as they grapple with COVID-19. We have resources, equipment, and trained staff ready to work and can be on the front lines, helping your community prepare for and respond to crises and natural disasters. Our crews work alongside local, regional, and state partners to deliver swift and effective solutions when it matters most. Our young staff are ready to serve their communities out of our sites in San Bernardino and Indio. We are taking all precautions as…
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The safety and security of our staff, volunteers and friends is our top priority. We continue working on projects that we can while following the guidance of our public health officials in order to be able to provide our teams with the paychecks they count on. We are proud of the work that they do every day to support the health and safety of our public lands. We are collaborating with our local communities to ensure we provide support to our programs during these difficult times. Events for all programs are canceled until further notice. This includes community events and public workshops.  We are very thankful for your continued support during this emergency situation. Our support to local communities will continue as we adjust to evolving government guidelines. 
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Schools Trails Open House

This event, planned for March 17 is CANCELED. All indoor activities are canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus. Outdoor activities will still be held following government guidelines for social distancing. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed. 
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OHV Grant Comments Being Sought

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SCMF is seeking public comments on two preliminary grants submitted on March 2, 2020 to the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD). These draft applications were based on public and staff feedback given in January and February and seek to support OHV education and safety efforts in the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF). Funding is being requested to support OHV education and volunteer staff, the production and distribution of OHV Guides/maps for the SBNF, the purchase and distribution of educational handouts, and upgrades to the education outreach trailer.   Comments can be submitted from Tuesday, March 3rd through Monday, May 4, 2020 by 5 pm. The Southern California Mountains Foundation, the San Bernardino National Forest, and the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division has enjoyed a successful partnership for the past 16 years restoring forest lands and providing quality OHV education programs. Full proposals can be…
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