The wild lands of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain Ranges were designated a National Forest more than a hundred years ago.
The Forest Reserve Act was passed in 1891, giving the president authority to "set apart and reserve, in any state or territory having public land bearing forests . . ..as public reservations." From this act was born the San Bernardino Forest Reserve, which became the San Bernardino National Forest in 1907. The San Bernardino National Forest as public land was set aside for the conservation of natural resources such as trees, water, minerals, livestock range, recreation, or wildlife.
Today, the San Bernardino National Forest serves as southern California's outdoor year-around recreation destination, as well as providing valuable watershed protection. Drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways to discover your local National Forest.
The San Bernardino National Forest is comprised of three Ranger Districts spanning 679,380 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Read more
The Lake Fire in the San Gorgonio Wilderness raised concerns about the Aspen Grove in Fish Creek, which burned with moderate to high severity during the fire. This grove is one of only two aspen groves in southern California. Aspens are well known for their resilience following wildfire, and the grove is expected to recover well. The photograph shows the tremendous regeneration of the aspens at knee high lengths following the Lake Fire.
On Friday, May 22, approximately 711 mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles were released into Fuller Mill Creek by personnel from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the San Diego Zoo. The mountain yellow-legged frog, or MYLF, is a federally endangered species, and occurs in only a few locations on the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests. These 35-45 days old tadpoles, shown in the bucket about the size of a figure nail, were raised at the San Diego Zoo, as part of the captive breeding program to help with the recovery of the species.