Features

Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Gets a Jump Start in Survival

In 2016 the San Bernardino National Forest hosted the active release of hundreds of mountain yellow-legged frogs in two locations in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains. As part of an aggressive recovery effort for this once near extinct species, several agencies are working together to preserve natural and historic habitat and give the frogs a little boost in population recovery.

The Canyon Fire – A Midnight Success Story

The San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF) firefighters are highly skilled and dedicated to their jobs, crews and the communities they serve. This is a story about the firefighters doing their job and doing it well. While most of the large firefighting workforce on the SBNF aren’t named in this story, be assured, they are equally valued and accomplish the same results, nearly each time they respond to a fire call.

San Bernardino National Forest Hosts Fuels Demo

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.

Penny Pines Reforestation Program

The national forests in California cover some 20 million acres, or about 1/5 of the state. That is equal to an area just slightly larger than the state of South Carolina . Stretching from the Mexican border to Oregon , these forests include a variety of terrain and vegetation types.  These areas of great beauty and majestic stature are plagued by divesting problems, such as natural and man-caused fire, pests and disease. These cause vast depletion and destruction of the national forests in California. In time some land may recover naturally. Penny Pines provides a helping hand. It is a conservation program in which everyone can participate.

Mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles released on the San Jacinto Ranger District

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. 

Learn what you can do about drought-stressed trees and bark beetles

Four years of drought have put tremendous stress on trees in California’s forests, resulting in widespread mortality. Bark beetles are the primary cause of mortality for most pine and fir trees but other trees such as incense cedar and live oak are simply dying from lack of water.

Aspen Regenerating

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.

Jack, the first known bald eagle to hatch in the San Bernardino Mountains

The first known bald eagle to successfully hatch in the San Bernardino Mountains appeared in a nest near Fawnskin on Big Bear Lake in February 2012.  That chick was named Jack after one of our most dedicated bald eagle count volunteers.  It turned out that our chick was actually a girl and she has remained in the area since 2012.