Helicopter Tree Removal

 Beginning Tuesday November 4th

Castle Rock Trail will be Temporarily Closed

Forest Service PIO John Miller announces __ The Mountaintop Ranger District will be accessing helicopters as part of the South Big Bear Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction project.  Helicopters will be removing trees and slash in areas inaccessible by conventional tree removal methods and fly the logs to a staging point or landing. 

The helicopter project work will begin Tuesday November 4th, and is expected to be completed by November 25th, weather and conditions permitting.  In the project area, helicopters will be operating south of State Route 18 and south of Boulder Bay.  During this portion of the South Big Bear Lake project, the Castle Rock hiking trail (map below) will be closed to all public use and will re-open once the area is safe for public entry.  If you have questions on alternative hiking and recreational opportunities, please contact the Big Bear Discovery Center at 909-382-2790.

While this type of logging is very interesting for the public to observe, it could be dangerous to be in the area around the operation site, so the public is cautioned and asked to view from a safe, distant vantage point.

“Favorable weather has allowed the work in Big Bear Lake to progress, and we will continue the work as long as conditions will allow it” stated District Ranger Marc Stamer. “The work is all part of the continuing effort by the San Bernardino National Forest to reduce fuels around the mountain communities.” Ranger Stamer added.

For more information on continuing and planned fuels reduction products, visit us on-line at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/sbnf/landmanagement/projects