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 (BLM) 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.
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About the San Bernardino National Forest
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
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 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.