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Southern California Mountains Foundation

Seeking Volunteers to Staff Fire Lookouts in the Forest

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 8:30 am at the Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 Hwy 38/North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA 92333.   Trail work will be performed from 9 am to 12 pm, 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®.

Southern California Mountains Foundation

1355 W. 26th Street

San Bernardino, CA 92405


For Immediate Release

Contact: Linda Stamer


Date:       March 5, 2018

Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public input on

OHV State Grant

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 5, 2018 –The Southern California Mountains Foundation is seeking public comments regarding their upcoming State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD) 2017/2018 grant proposals that were preliminarily submitted on March 5, 2018. This opens the second public review and comment period.  Comments can be submitted from Tuesday, March 6th through Monday, April 2, 2018 by 5pm.

The Foundation will review and consider all public comments and submit the final application to the State on May 7, 2018. Initial public comments were solicited and received by the Foundation in January and February of this year. We are submitting one proposal that will support Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) education programs on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Foundation is soliciting public input specific to our 2017-2018 grant application proposals for Cooperative Agreements with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD). We are encouraging constructive comments/suggestions that will enable us to improve our program.

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 13 years and have previously granted the Foundation funding to produce quality safety and education programs and to complete several large-scale forest restoration projects. 

Our preliminary applications will be available for review online by visiting the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Hard copies may be requested by contacting Linda Stamer at lstamer@mountainsfoundation.org. The Division’s website will provide detailed instructions for accessing the preliminary application and submitting comments. Comments must be submitted via email to both the OHMVR Division and the Southern California Mountains Foundation by April 2, 2018 at 5pm. Comments to the Southern California Mountains Foundation should be submitted to Linda Stamer at lstamer@mountainsfoundation.org and to California State Parks by using the "Grants" tab on their website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. The preference for receiving comments is by email but can also be sent directly to the State of California by mail by April 2, 2018 at:

California State Parks
OHMVR Division
1725 23rdStreet
Sacramento, CA 95816
Attention: Grants Manager

and to the Southern California Mountains Foundation at:

OHV Grant Comments
Linda Stamer
1355 W. 26th St San Bernardino, CA 92405

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