Sarah Miggins, the Executive Director of the San Bernardino National Forest Association, talks about hiking the high country of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto ranges (including a one-day ascent of 11,400 ft. Mt. San Gorgonio) and living the mountain life, along with the history and development of the San Bernardino National Forest Association, and similar park and forest conservancies.
A native of Cleveland, and like Tommy a fellow Bobcat and graduate of Ohio University, Sarah also talks about the San Bernardino National Forest Association’s role in the funding and operation of the Big Bear Discovery Center and the National Children’s Forest, re-planting burned forest areas, wildfire awareness and prevention, and preserving the historic network of fire lookouts in the San Bernardino National Forest, from the drive-up Strawberry Peak lookout to the hard-won trail to the top of Tahquitz Peak above Idyllwild.
Learn more about how to see bald eagles wintering at Lake Hemet and Big Bear Lake, where you can find the nation’s biggest Lodgepole Pine, and how you can volunteer with the San Bernardino National Forest Association in a variety of roles, from planting trees to maintaining trails.
More about this post at:
- San Bernardino National Forest Association
- Big Bear Discovery Center
- National Children’s Forest
- Forest Care, page at SBNFA website
- San Bernardino National Forest Fire Lookout Program
- Fire Safety Information, MAST / San Bernardino County
- San Bernardino National Forest
- San Bernardino National Forest Association, Facebook page
- Americorps Crew Members Sworn In (Riverside Press-Enterprise; 12/5/09)
- Morton Peak Lookout Reopens in San Bernardino Forest (Riverside Press-Enterprise; 6/24/07)
While Congress and the Obama administration designated thousands of acres’ worth of new wilderness areas shortly after the new administration came into office, many of those wilderness areas were pulled together from proposals and plans drawn up by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management years, if not decades earlier. Why the wait?
Rob Hutsel from the San Diego River Park Foundation returns to Treehuggers International to discuss efforts to organize the purchase of 385 acres along the summit crest and base of San Diego’s own El Capitan.
Wildland firefighter, fire ecologist, and California Chaparral Institute founder Rick Halsey talks about the lingering effects of the Station Fire, and the need to understand the role fire plays in Southern California ecosystems.
The Department of Commerce hearing regarding the proposed southern extension of the Foothill South 241 toll road at San Onofre State Beach and Trestles is Monday, September 22nd, from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm. The hearing will be held at the same place as the California Coastal Commission hearing in February: O’Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Turnout is EXTREMELY important; please make time to attend.
Interesting news story here. A piece in the San Diego Union-Tribune gives details on a top Army Corps of Engineers official who says proponents of the Foothills-South 241 toll road mischaracterized and even made “inaccurate statements” which “misrepresent” the Army Corps of Engineers’ own research regarding the validity of the proposed toll road and plan for reducing traffic congestion
Back in February you helped the California Coastal Commission take the advice of its staff and vote 8-2 against the proposed toll road through San Onofre State Beach. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of the story, as the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency quickly filed fresh papers to appeal the decision with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and successfully pressured Governor Schwarzenegger to remove actor Clint Eastwood and Schwarzenegger’s brother-in-law Bobby Shriver from the California State Park and Recreation Commission
Outstanding! The new Treehuggers International logo has arrived, and we’re now on-line with the new FM 94/9 Treehuggers International page. We move forward!