Work To Impact Access

 

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Mount San Gorgonia from the San Bernardinos

 

 

Santa Ana Fuelbreak

at Forest Road #1N09 & Deer Creek

 

 

San Bernardino National Forest Officials will be working on two projects along Forest Road #1N09 (locally pronounced with the letter “O” instead of a zero) between State Route 330 and Angelus Oaks, California. Visitors should prepare for closures and delays. 

Beginning mid-October, near Angelus Oaks, crews will be working on the Santa Ana Fuelbreak at Forest Road 1N09 and Deer Creek, working their way 19 miles west to SR-330 over the next several months. The road will remain open, but visitors should be prepared for delays as equipment and crews will be working along the road. Dust kicked-up by work may look like smoke coming from the area.

 

The Santa Ana Fuelbreak is a historic, strategic fuelbreak along Forest Road #1N09 that gives firefighters a safe place to work between large fires and communities. Crews will be creating a 50 ft. buffer on each side of the road by thinning and masticating vegetation, rearranging fuel loading from 10 to 12-foot high brush to ground cover. This will reduce flame lengths and increase the effectiveness of aerial retardant. 

Both of these projects are partially funded by a California Dept. of Water Resources Proposition 84 (2006) grant via the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA), which works to address watershed challenges. As homes to headwaters feeding the Santa Ana River Watershed, the San Bernardino and Cleveland national forests encompass approximately 30% of the watershed’s land mass, yet capture an estimated 90% of annual precipitation, due to greater amounts falling at higher elevations. 



The headwaters of the watershed are immensely important. Projects like these ensure increased water supply reliability, improve water quality, reduce impacts from catastrophic wildfires and enhance habitat for a watershed with six million people.

 

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Sand to Snow National Monument

Many mountain-tops framed by trees.   The 154,000-acre national monument is composed of 71,000 acres on the San Bernardino National Forest and 83,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

Featuring thirty miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

This is the fifth national monument in the Pacific Southwest Region, and the fourth national monument to be co-managed by the Forest Service and BLM.