President Obama Designates Sand to Snow National Monument
On Friday, February 12, 2016, President Obama announced the designation of the new Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California. 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 lands. 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.
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 1925. 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
U.S. Forest Service personnel use a variety of tools to start fires, but always in an effort to prevent larger fires from occurring. The Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest hosted a Fuels Treatment Demonstration for more than 40 visitors of varying agencies, Oct. 16, showcasing new technologies in mechanical treatment of hazardous fuels. Mechanical treatment reduces the amount of vegetation in an area which has built up to dangerous levels, or changes the arrangement of these fuels to lessen the likelihood of catastrophic fires.
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.