The San Bernardino
Big Bear Lake east view of Big Bear Valley Dam and Bridge. PHOTO Courtesy of Millener Productions
U.S. Forest, San Bernardino, California,
January 8, 2016 ___
The first El
Nino storms brought plenty of fresh snow to the local mountains in Southern
California, creating a winter wonderland.
snow, visitors need to plan for heavy traffic this weekend. The US Forest Service, Caltrans and the
California Highway Patrol are asking visitors to “Know Before You Go” by calling ahead to check on current conditions in
the local mountains.
of the wildlife that lives within them, America’s forests do not hibernate for
the winter. Rather, many of these areas are open to a host of recreational
opportunities unique to the season. Cross-country and downhill skiing as well
as snowshoeing, snowboarding, and snow play are just a few of the activities
that you can enjoy on public lands.
“As the lure of the fresh snow appeals to residents across
the southland, we’re asking folks to be wise and follow safe practices while in
snowy conditions across the forest,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor John D. Exline. “We want
everyone to have safe visit, drive with care, park legally and pack out your
trash,” Exline added.
Winter Visitor Tips:
· Winter weather conditions in the
mountains can be extreme and change without notice. An inadequately clothed
person can get hypothermia (low internal body temperature). Hypothermia can be
deadly – learn to recognize the early symptoms. Keep warm and dry.
· Stay Away from ice covered lakes
and streams. Over the past decade several forest visitors have fallen through
thin ice and drown. – Do not attempt to cross any water.
· Be extremely careful when walking
on ice covered or slippery surfaces like parking areas and trails and
especially steep slopes. One slip could result in a serious injury.
· Be courteous and remember that you
are sharing public lands with other recreational users. Do not recreate on
unauthorized areas or private property.
· Bring along extra safety items
such as extra clothing, blankets, water, flashlights, maps, and your cell
phone. Did you remember spare batteries?
· “Pack it in, Pack it out” – Do not
Litter. Take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so
that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.
· The Forest Adventure Pass must be
displayed on a visitor’s parked vehicle when recreating in Winter Special
Recreation Permit areas and certain developed sites like campgrounds, snow
play, and picnic areas. A list of designated fee sites and areas is posted on
the Fee Program website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/
· Snow Chains are required during
winter months. Be prepared to show them
at chain control, and know how to install them.
· When installing tire chains or
traction devices, park in a safe location well off the roadway. Never stop in
traffic lanes for these purposes, you may cause other motorists to lose control
when they spot your vehicle blocking lanes.
· Park your vehicle in a safe
location and do not double or triple park (blocking in others). Never park in
front of closed gates, they may be needed for emergency access, and you could
be cited or have your vehicle towed away.
· Do not park in restricted or No Parking areas.
These are posted for the safety of
· If you are involved in a traffic
accident, try to immediately drive your vehicle to the roadside, but only if
safe to do so. Getting the obstructing vehicles off the roadway may prevent the
accident from getting worse, involving other vehicles. Immediately call 9-1-1,
or ask other travelers to call 9-1-1 for you from the nearest phone.
· Current road conditions and chain
control are available on-line at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/
Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You
Go” and call
ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and
· Big Bear Discovery Center
· Front Country Ranger Station
· San Jacinto Ranger Station
· Mill Creek Visitor Center
· Santa Rosa & San Jacinto
Mountains Monument Visitor Center 760-862-9984
For additional information about
the San Bernardino National Forest, please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf
the U.S. Forest Service:
The mission of the US Forest Service is to sustain the
health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to
meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193
million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private
landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the
world. Public lands the US Forest Service manages contribute more than $13
billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same
lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated
at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in
stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the
United States, of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most
Americans live. Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf